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Citadel News Service

For Release
July 31, 2003

Parades return to The Citadel Aug. 29

          The pomp and circumstance of Friday afternoon military parades resumes on Aug. 29 at The Citadel.

          The tradition of parading troops can be traced back to the time of Alexander the Great. For the most part, drill procedures and movements on the parade field are identical to the tactical maneuvers employed on the battlefield in the past.

          U.S. military reviews and parades began at Valley Forge. At that time, brigades of soldiers were formed in order of battle. Modern day ceremonies are conducted to render honors, preserve tradition and foster espirit de corps. At various times throughout the year The Citadel's parades are used to present awards and recognize students, faculty, staff and other notable people.

          Parades are free and open to the public. Here is this fall's schedule:

Aug. 29 3:45 p.m.
Sept. 5 4:20 p.m.
Sept. 12 4:20 p.m.
Sept. 19 4:20 p.m.
Sept. 26 3:45 p.m.
Oct. 3 3:45 p.m.
Oct. 4 11 a.m. (Parents Day)
Oct. 10 . 3:45 p.m
Oct.17 3:45 p.m.
Oct. 24 4:20 p.m.
Oct. 31 5 p.m. (Homecoming Twilight Parade)
Nov. 1 11 a.m. (Homecoming)
Nov. 7 3:45 p.m.
Nov. 14 3:45 p.m.
Nov 21/28 No parade
Dec. 5-Jan. 9 No parade
Jan. 16 3:45 p.m.

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