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Citadel News Service
6 Nov 2011

Cadets to launch its largest community service project on Tuesday

The South Carolina Corps of Cadets and a group of Citadel graduate students will fan out across the Lowcountry on Tuesday for what will be the college’s largest ever community service effort.

The Citadel’s Arland D. Williams Heroism Day began in 2010 with a few hundred cadets in support of the college mission of developing principled leaders through service learning. Sponsored by The Citadel Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, Heroism Day is on Election Day this year because it is a day off from classes for cadets.

Citadel Professor Conway Saylor, coordinator of service learning, said she is excited about the impact Heroism Day can make on the community and on the nearly 2,000 participating cadets.

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During Heroism Day in 2010, cadets worked at a food bank helping prepare food boxes for needy families in the Lowcountry.

“Especially in these hectic times, it is important to set aside a day to focus on higher principles and the needs of others. While we emphasize core values of honor, duty, and respect throughout our four-year leadership development process, Heroism Day provides tangible ways to put those values into practice,” she said.

On Heroism Day, nearly 800 cadets will visit Charleston County Schools where they will discuss heroism and help students make cards for their heroes, including veterans, firefighters, parents and teachers. It is just one of dozens of community service projects cadets will be involved in. Across the Lowcountry Citadel students will perform community service at food banks, animal shelters, health clinics, community centers, rehabilitation facilities and a host of other sites. Nearly 400 cadets and active duty military personnel from The Citadel will run from the campus, across the Ravenel Bridge to Patriot’s Point in remembrance of veterans.

“Whether enduring a physically grueling run to focus attention on the sacrifices of veterans or spending a day helping school children identify and thank their heroes, cadets will be reinforcing the importance of remembering heroes, thanking heroes, and preparing to be heroes and leaders to others,” Saylor said.

Heroism Day is named for Arland D. Williams, Citadel Class of 1957. He was among the passengers on Air Florida flight 90 in January 1982 when it crashed into the frozen Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Williams repeatedly passed a rescue line to others crash survivors, but he died before he could be saved.

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