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Citadel News Service

For Release
Nov. 19, 2004

 Summerall Guards to march in Columbia Christmas parade

           The Summerall Guards will march in the 51st annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in downtown Columbia.

           The 61-member silent precision drill platoon from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, is made up of seniors who have competed in a rigorous physical training process to test physical stamina and drill proficiency.

           The platoon was created in 1932 and named for General Charles P. Summerall, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and president of The Citadel from 1931 until 1953. The platoon's purpose is to exemplify, through a unique series of movements based on the old German close order drill and performed to a silent count, the exactness and thoroughness with which The Citadel cadet is trained.

 

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