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By: redagainPatti, 9:35 PM GMT on February 25, 2013

Photo taken with I-pad
Where am I?

The Virginia Tech campus is located in Blacksburg, Virginia and has a large drillfield in the central of the campus. This large oval field runs Northeast to Southwest and is encircled by a one way street known as Drillfield Drive. The Drillfield's name stems from its use by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets to conduct military drills.

Such large areas used to be found on other college grounds but now buildings are taking up much of the old drill space. Here however, there are two underground rivers underneath the drill field cause it to gradually sink, making the land unsuitable for building and protecting it as an open space on campus. On the northwestern side of the drillfield is where the pylons are standing, each representing a different virtue. This Memorial over looks the green space beyond adding to the wonderful splendor of the setting. Designed by Henry Kries and Charles Rudy, the War Memorial memorializes 424 Hokies who have lost their lives in the military services.

On the top step of the court are carved the words, “That I May Serve,” a free translation of the Latin motto for Virginia Tech, “Ut Prosim.” Bordering the Memorial Court are the eight massive pylons with sculpted figures.These eight pylons represent the values of Brotherhood, Honor, Leadership, Sacrifice, Service, Loyalty, Duty and Ut Prosim.

On the pylons are carved the names of Virginia Tech’s war dead. At the court’s center is a marble cenotaph, a symbolic tomb. It also displays the names of graduates who received the Medal of Honor. The pylons embody the values that members of the Hokie Nation hold in the highest regards and serve as a touchstone for the traditions, Honor Code, training programs, policies, and regulations of the Corps of Cadets.

I have only talked here about the upper level which contains Memorial Court with eight sculptured Indiana limestone pylons. There is also a lower level which contains a 6,324-square-foot, 260-seat chapel.

More information can be found on this web page - The War Memorial and Chapel also one can find more information about the names etched on the Pylons

Still another link to a page of a very cool panorama - Link to a panorama from Shyamal

Photo taken with i-Phone 4S
iPhone shot which later was done with iPad

Updated: 9:52 PM GMT on February 25, 2013


Where am I ?

By: redagainPatti, 3:21 PM GMT on February 06, 2013

Hello darlings on WU,
My feet are walking and traveling again. I am visiting with family OUT of Mississippi. Here's one of my photos taking on the second day of my trip.. Can you guess where I am?

Where am I?

A few days after this photo was taken with my I-Pad, I was able to grab this shot.
Note, that is a covered bridge which is just north of the town where I am at. As you can see there is a lot of snow/ice but the local folks call this "light snow". The roads were in great shape as they have machines or trucks with a large shovel that scape the roads as soon as stuff falls and sticks to the pavement.


As one travels about the town, on foot, bus, or car... YES! bus for they have a good public transportation system set up here.. Anyway, one sees the snow pushed up and laying in batches about the streets.


One of the things I like about this place is the walking/bike trails they have. here. Where you are able to get on to the trail, they have steps leaning up to or down to the old train track. Note the photo below I took of some steps leading down to the trail. The folks have put in along side the steps, a little odd wooden rail to one side. Can you guess what it is used for?

Note the rail for help with a bike

I will share the name of the trail is the Huckleberry, which also was the name of the old train line. What happen is the huckleberries grew after trees were cleared for railroad construction, and thereafter, the region became famous for delicious pies and jams. Although many of the huckleberries along the trail today have diminished, trail users can find huckleberry bushes planted around trail information kiosks. At any rate, one food you should try in this area is a Huckleberry pie. The unofficially name for this town was the Huckleberry Junction.

So dear darlings, does anyone know where I am at? Not in the deep south of Mississippi... but far enough north that the town here has machines ready to clean the street of snow and they even have smaller machines to work the sidewalks. Do you have enough clues from the photos and the blog? OR do you need more?
............... UPDATE...........
Another clue... or clues... :-)

The state touches the eastern coast of USA and I am going to tell you that I am in a town with a well known school of higher learning where technology is very important here. This is one of the first schools in the national that used texting as a way to communicate with their students, teachers, staff... and in fact - just before I got here, told all that due to a heavy load of snow coming down, school was shutting down early during the last week in Feb...

However this push toward instant alerts to all who have business with the school, has it's roots in a sad event that took place some years ago but is still in the hearts and minds of many people. A "black" time, but I think which might has made this place, a warmer and kinder place to be in. I have seen so many smiles and helping hands along my walks here. Friendly hearts and spirits of such, I have not yet met a stranger.

In this land of snow, I find such caring people. The words known to the students here are.. "That I Might Serve" and even those living outside this school, in the town, know those words too. I know this by their actions.

Another photo I took just yesterday afternoon and east of this little town and school...

A view east of the town

------- another update to share -----
Because Barefootontherocks was correct about part of the name, I will use that part now ....
Tech exhibits its character and pride every day via its buildings, most of which are made of Hokie Stone. Hokie Stone is actually a native limestone common in this area and parts of two nearby states. No two stones are the same color, varying from grays, browns, and blacks to pinks, oranges, and maroons. Since the mid-1950s, Tech has operated its own quarry, and the popular limestone appears on many of the university’s buildings.
Also ----
Tech remains one of three public universities in the country (Texas A&M and North Georgia College and State University are the others) with both an active corps of cadets and "civilian" lifestyle on its campus.

answer - I am in Blacksburg, VA which is home to VT or Virginia Tech.

Updated: 10:33 PM GMT on February 09, 2013


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