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Citadel News Service

For Release
Sept. 5, 2003


The Citadel to remember Sept. 11, 2001

          On the anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, The Citadel will remember the victims and pay a solemn tribute to the servicemen and women who have died in the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq.

          "All of us at The Citadel are very proud of the role our alumni have played in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom," said Citadel President Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds. "We admire their sacrifice and sense of duty. Each has upheld one of The Citadel's most treasured traditions: rising to the challenge when called upon to serve."

          The low-key remembrances will begin with the playing of Taps at 8:46 a.m. - the approximate time that the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center. The bugler will play at the flagpole on Summerall Field. (Two cadet buglers will take part in the Liberty Square service as well).

          During lunch, cadets will observe a moment of silence to remember servicemen and women who have died in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, including Citadel graduates Marine Lt. Shane Childers, '01; Marine Capt. Benjamin Sammis, '96; and Navy Lt. Peter Ober, '98. Following lunch, cadets and faculty and staff who wish to voluntarily participate will gather on Summerall Field for prayer.

          Childers graduated in 2001 from the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) with a French degree. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Sammis, a Cobra helicopter pilot, was a member of Kilo Company and majored in civil engineering. He was assigned to the HMLA-267 Unit in Camp Pendleton, Calif. Ober died in a helicopter crash in Sigonella, Italy where he was stationed.

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