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Citadel News Service

For release
December 13, 2004

Summerall Guards to perform in Presidential Inaugural Parade

  picture of Summerall Guards

The Summerall Guards will perform in the Presidential Inaugural Parade January 20, 2005, in Washington, D.C.

The guards were recommended to the Armed Services Inaugural Committee by the entire South Carolina congressional delegation. The recommendation was initiated by Congressman Joe Wilson.

Named for Gen. Charles P. Summerall, former chief of staff of the U.S. Army and president of The Citadel from 1931 until 1953, the Summerall Guards is the military college’s silent precision drill platoon. Each spring rising seniors are selected by outgoing guards for their superior physical stamina and drill proficiency. Membership in the platoon is considered one of the most prestigious honors at the college. The 61-member team performs precise drill movements based on a silent close order drill known as The Citadel Series. The series has never been written down, but has been passed down from class to class through rigorous practice.

A widely-traveled unit, the platoon has participated in parades and ceremonies throughout the country, including the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans; the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah, Ga.; and the Azalea Festival in Wilmington, N.C. In 1989, they performed in the Presidential Inaugural Parade for President George H.W. Bush.


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