February 27,2004

Contact: Lt. Cmdr. Brian De Toy, professor of military science, (785) 864-1105

President's Honor Guard visits KU ROTC

LAWRENCE -- Members of the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment, which serves as the presidential honor guard in Washington, D.C., will be on campus until March 1 to work with KU ROTC candidates.

While at KU, the unit will offer instruction on Feb. 27 to drill teams and interested cadets from the KU ROTC program and the Topeka West High School Junior ROTC program. Members of the regiment also will act as the color guard for pre-game activities on Feb. 28 for the KU women's basketball game against the University of Nebraska, and on Feb. 29 for the men's game against the University of Oklahoma.

The 3rd infantry, known as the Old Guard, is commanded by KU alum Col. Charles L. Taylor, who graduated from KU's ROTC program in 1982. Taylor will be the guest speaker Feb. 27 for the KU Army ROTC Dining In program, which will take place at 6 p.m. in the Big XII room of the Kansas Union.

Formed on June 3, 1784, the Old Guard traditionally guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

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