Pictured are members of the Old Brigade during the “March to the Arch” on the Sunday during Reunion Weekend. At least one of our readers believes “everyone” on this parade should be properly dressed. There should be an explicit dress code for ex-cadets and it should be enforced – military dress uniform or club blazer, club tie and grey flannel pants. What do you think? Leave a comment.
Having consistently missed the “March to the Arch” for every Reunion Weekend through my 40th (when we enter the Old Brigade may be my first), I should probably be the last one to comment. However I will comment regardless, it has never stopped me before.There are certain things that should be sacrosanct and participating in the Sunday parade in proper dress is among them. There should be an explicit dress code for ex-cadets and it should be enforced – military dress uniform or club blazer, club tie and grey flannel pants. If I don’t have them with me, I would not expect to participate in the parade and no one else should either. In my opinion, anything less than expected dress, especially wearing sweaters or windbreakers, shows disrespect for others participating and disrespect for the College and its traditions. The Friday night mixer and the Saturday night dinner dance are different – they are private affairs and away from the College. The Sunday parade is at the College, in front of the cadets and the public. In my (probably old fashion) opinion, improper dress diminishes us.Getting all that off my chest, it’s a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon here in LA and I think I’ll take a walk down to the ocean to contemplate the meaning of life.
Have a good weekend,
7723 Paul Beswick