Citadel alumni have served in every national conflict since the Mexican War, and to date many have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. To The Citadel patriot dead who have immortalized their alma mater’s core values by performing their DUTY, serving with HONOR, and sacrificing their lives, we owe our eternal RESPECT.
In recognition of its 50th reunion and in collaboration with The Citadel’s administration and The Citadel Foundation, The Citadel Class of 1967 has envisioned and provided funding for the construction and maintenance of a memorial to honor these fallen heroes.
Fittingly situated in front of the Thomas D. Howie Memorial Bell Tower and Columbarium, and adjacent to Summerall Chapel and General Mark W. Clark’s gravesite, The Citadel War Memorial will offer a solemn gathering place for students, alumni, and visitors to honor and pay respect to Citadel lives sacrificed.
The design concept calls for wrought iron gates leading visitors to an interior courtyard, where black granite walls bear contextual descriptions of The Citadel’s involvement in wars and conflicts since 1846. Names of The Citadel fallen will be etched under each conflict as appropriate. Flagpoles bearing the colors of the United States, the State of South Carolina, and The Citadel standard, are front and center. Other features include benches for quiet contemplation, subdued yet beautiful landscaping, and vistas of other iconic Citadel structures, inspiring remembrance, reverence, and reflection.
What You Can Do
Construction will coincide with The Citadel’s 175th Anniversary, with the memorial’s dedication slated for Homecoming 2017, in honor of the Class of 1967’s 50th reunion. All classes, organizations, and individuals have an opportunity to participate in honoring those Citadel alumni who have given their lives in defense of our nation. Contributions in any amount may be designated to The Citadel War Memorial Fund.
The Citadel War Memorial Fund enables donors to honor the memory of fallen classmates, family, and friends in a meaningful way, while supporting the greatest needs of the college. Currently, the designated unrestricted priorities of the college are The Citadel Fund, The Citadel LEAD Plan 2018 Fund, and the Athletics Enhancement Fund.
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