BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A group of students, who are a part of LSU's iconic pregame tradition, got some new uniforms recently.
"We are literally walking personifications of the cadets that walked the parade grounds. The cadets that came before, the cadets that served the nation before us," said senior Todd Dixon, company commander.
The Pershing Rifles are an honor society for the ROTC program at LSU. As the university's honor guard they participate at special events including presenting the colors every Saturday in the fall at football games before the Golden Band from Tigerland play the national anthem. They also participate in drill competitions.
The national organization is named for John Pershing, a general during World War I.
Long before the purple and gold, gray was the color of choice for the Cadets of the Ole War Skule. The organization's new uniforms harken back to the late 19th century. They also feature belts reminiscent of what General Pershing wore.
"I don't know about you, but I'm honored to wear that uniform because of the history behind it," said Dixon, who is in the Army ROTC program.
Like those who came before them, it is the lessons learned during their time in those uniforms that will help them change the world of tomorrow.
"Pershing rifles really helped me to get out of my own shell, to work on my own leadership development and get me in shape," said junior Roberto Duran, who is in the Air Force ROTC program.
"It's a great feeling, to know you could be making history like they did," said sophomore Elijah Jones, who is in the Army ROTC program.