BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) A historic piece of a near 130-year-old Virginia Tech building has been re-installed.
It's part of continuing work on the area of campus dedicated to the Corps of Cadets.
Lane Hall was built in 1888 and used as a Barracks building. Until the early 1990s a flag flew high above the building, before the roof became structurally dangerous and it had to come down.
Over the years, Lane Hall’s cupola fell into disrepair. Renovations to the building, which was added to the National Historic Register in 2015, mean the flagpole can once again be used.
Friday July 14 the pole was re-installed with an all new flag.
The new flag pole stands at 114 feet tall, and as one cadet said, makes it part of the Virginia Tech skyline.
It also means Cadets can see their flag flying from almost anywhere around campus.
Cadet Djamila Lou is a rising Junior at Virginia Tech from Lorton, VA majoring in Russian and Nanotechnology.
She said of the flag, "It definitely signifies home for me, it shows that that's where the home of the Corps is, that's where we form up for formation every single morning, and that really tells me exactly where I need to go."
It took more than 20 years, but Cadets are thrilled the university took the time to fix the roof and get the historic look of Lane Hall back to what it was.
Cadet Noah Schalles is a rising Junior from Hanahan, South Carolina, majoring in Ocean Engineering.
He said, "We were started from a military environment and I think it's cool that the university is embracing that kind of leadership and those past foundations that the university really comes from."
On top of that, three members of the crew that put the flag and pole up are veterans — Stephen Davis, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and Benjamin Brown, who served in the U.S. Army, did the work more than 100 feet in the air, and Wesley Woodyard, also a former Marine, assisted from the ground.
Stephen Davis, a Trades Mechanic at Virginia Tech Building and Grounds, served in the Marine Corps from 2007 though 2011.
He said, "For the Cadets to know that people who have served helped restore part of their heritage, I think it will give them some pride in knowing that their heritage is going to continue and that it's all part of that military family."
While it's a different flag on top of the building in the center of Upper Quad, the American flag will still fly on this new flag pole built as part of all the new construction in the area, including the new Cadet Dorm Hall.
Schalles said of the work, "With all the new construction, it's really exciting. When I first arrived here all of this was basically just dirt and fences, and seeing it kind of bloom out of nothing is really cool."
The Cadet flag doesn't has to come down, it can fly day or night and the new pole can withstand almost any kind of weather.
But starting the Summer of 2018, the Corps will put their American flag up while students are away on break and have flood lights to illuminate the flag during every Summer.