More than 100 cadets performing community service on Election Day
More than 160 Citadel cadets and graduate school students will fan out across the Lowcountry and into Orangeburg on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, to perform community service work in honor of everyday heroes – people who go above and beyond in service to their communities and humankind.
The Arland D. Williams Heroism Day is an event focused on the role of service, good citizenship and heroism and is part of The Citadel’s leadership development program. The community service project is sponsored by the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics at The Citadel and will be an annual tradition.
“This is a day of service to honor the men and women who are America's Heroes,” said Conway Saylor, coordinator of service learning. “Remember a Hero, Thank a Hero, Be a Hero is the motto that our more than 160 volunteers will take into the community as they perform 1,200 of combined community service.”
The day is named after Arland D. Williams, Citadel Class of 1957. In January 1982, Williams was among the passengers on Air Florida flight 90 when it crashed into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Williams and several others survived the crash but had to be rescued from the frozen river. Williams repeatedly passed a rescue line to others in the water. He died before he could be rescued. In 2000, The Citadel Alumni Association created the Arland D. Williams Society to recognize people for extraordinary acts of courage, heroism and community service.
While The Citadel is open on Election Day, cadets and graduate students do not have classes. Many cadets vote absentee in elections taking place in their hometowns, so having a day of community service activities gives those that will be staying in Charleston an engaging activity to help others.
The Arland D. Williams Heroism Day kicks off at 8 a.m. with breakfast for participants on campus. Afterward teams of students will go to one or more of 10 locations in Charleston and one in Orangeburg where they will spend the day doing everything from home repairs and home construction to helping out at homeless shelters and soup kitchens to spending time with veterans in area hospitals and children in after school programs.
Media are welcome to visit any of the following community service locations on Arland D. Williams Heroism Day, Nov. 2. We ask that you notify The Citadel Media Relations and the site you choose to visit in advance for optimal photo and interview opportunities. Our team of advisors will be on hand to help.