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CITADEL CELEBRATES 152nd ANNIVERSARY

Charleston, S.C.,(Mar. 7)--The Citadel will celebrate the 152nd anniversary of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets during Corps Day Weekend, March 16-19. Corps Day Weekend, one of The Citadel's most popular weekends to visit, attracts thousands of visitors each year to tour the cadet barracks, eat lunch at the mess hall with the Corps of Cadets and attend a variety of special events in honor of the Corps Day celebration.

     The weekend's highlights include a cadet talent show featuring future "Star Search" contestant Cadet Robert Rizzo, a performance by the Summerall Guards, the presentation of an honorary degree to South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Ernest A. Finney Jr. and a free concert by The Citadel Regimental Band in Hampton Park.

     The history of Corps Day began when the South Carolina legislature passed an act establishing The Military College of South Carolina. The first 20 cadets reported for classes on March 20, 1843, at the Old Citadel on Marion Square in downtown Charleston.

     In recognition of that historic event, The Citadel's Corps Day, festivities will begin at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at Marion Square with a dress parade. A contingent of 400 cadets, the Regimental Staff, the Regimental Color Guard, The Citadel Touchdown Cannon Crew, the Regimental Band, Pipe Band and the Washington Light Infantry will recreate the parades as they were conducted there between 1843 and 1922. The significance of the parade is to formally show the symbolic ties between Citadel Cadets and the Washington Light Infantry.

     The Citadel's campus will be the site for the remaining events.

     The Citadel Talent Show will be held at 7:30 p.m. at McAlister Field House. Tickets are $2 and may be purchased in advance by contacting the Student Activities Office at 953-5111. The Talent Show will feature Cadet Robert Rizzo, who will sing "Thunder Rolls," a popular Garth Brooks song. Rizzo is scheduled to appear on "Star Search" to debut his talent nationwide in May. Other cadet acts will include, cadet bands, comedy skits, a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, The Citadel Cheerleaders and much, much more.

     On Friday at 7:30 a.m., The Citadel Intercollegiate Golf Tournament will take place at Patriots Point golf course in Mt. Pleasant. At 3 p.m. the 1995 Summerall Guards, the elite, precision drill platoon will perform on Summerall Field.

     At 3:45 p.m., a review of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will take place on Summerall Field. The review will feature the presentation of the Brigadier Foundation President's Award, which goes to the outstanding athlete of the senior class as voted by his classmates. At 9 p.m., a formal Corps Day Hop will be held at McAlister Field House, featuring the Voltage Brothers.

     On Saturday at 7:30 a.m., The Citadel Intercollegiate Golf Tournament will resume at Patriots Point golf course. At 8:30 a.m., registration for all activities and sale of luncheon tickets (for Saturday lunch in the mess hall at 12 noon, $5 per person and open to the public) will begin. The Citadel Pipe Band will open each of the four barracks to the public starting at 8:45 a.m. The barracks will remain open until 10:30 a.m.

     The 1995 Summerall Guards will transfer their ceremonial bayonet-fixed 1903 Springfield rifles to the rising seniors selected to compose the 1996 Summerall Guards at 9 a.m. on Summerall Field. Cadet Wells Sumerel of Columbia is the new commander and will receive the Anthony D. Griffin Sword from outgoing commander, Cadet Jason Williams of Cape Coral, Fla., to carry during performances.

     The 1974 Summerall Guards established the Griffin Sword as an award in 1984 in memory of Griffin, commander of that unit in 1974, who died when his Navy F-14 Tomcat jet crashed near Oceana Air Base in Virginia Beach, Va., in 1982.

     The Citadel Board of Visitors will present an honorary degree and Palmetto Medals at 11 a.m. on Summerall Field during a review in honor of the Board of Visitors.

     At 12 noon, lunch for the Corps of Cadets, their families and visitors of The Citadel will take place at Coward Hall. The Cadet Chorale will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. at Summerall Chapel. The concert will also feature a choir from Randolph-Macon Women's College.

     On Sunday at 9 a.m., Protestant Services will be held at Summerall Chapel, followed by a Chapel Reception at 10 a.m. at the Mark Clark Hall Reception Room. Catholic Mass will be held at 11 a.m. at Summerall Chapel.

     The Citadel Regimental Band will perform a free concert at Hampton Park at 2 p.m. The Regimental Band will perform traditional marches, popular overtures and contemporary favorites. The Citadel Pipe Band join in for a selection of pipe tunes and the Bulldog Orchestra will present sounds of the big bands.

     A contemporary Protestant Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Summerall Chapel.

     For more information, please refer to the attached schedule or contact The Citadel Public Relations Office at 803/953-5006.

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