The Citadel Ring Statue
The Citadel Ring Statue is located at the three-way intersection of Hagood Avenue, Lee Avenue and Avenue of Remembrance – the gateway to The Citadel campus. Its unveiling on Friday, Oct. 14, coincides with the presentation of rings to the Class of 2012. More than 380 seniors are expected to receive their rings. It is the first major event of Parents’ Weekend, which runs Friday through Sunday.
Here are some fast facts about The Citadel ring monument:
- The ring statue was created by Deep in the Heart Art Foundry in Bastrop, Texas.
- The ring statue stands about 6 feet tall and is 8 feet long.
- It weighs about 3,000 pounds, or a ton and a half.
- • The Citadel's core values – Duty, Honor and Respect – are engraved in the granite footing in front of the replica of The Citadel's signature barracks quads.
- It is made of bronze. It is covered is a clear coat finish just like what is used on airplanes.
- The ring traveled 1,200 miles from the Deep in the Heart Art Foundry in Bastrop, Texas, to Charleston. It arrived on Thursday, Oct. 13.
- More than 40 employees at the foundry had a hand in creating the statue. The foundry was shut down for several days because of wildfires nearby. Three employees lost their homes to fire. More than 20 of the staff were displaced for more than a week. The owner was displaced for nearly a month. Everyone on staff had either direct family or friends lose their homes. As families recovered and the foundry reopened the dedicated team returned to work, non-stop to finish the ring in time for Parents’ Weekend at The Citadel.
- The numbers on the crest of the ring, which are about a foot tall, are interchangeable. Each Parents’ Weekend they will be changed to represent the most recent class to receive their class rings.
- The statue is a gift to The Citadel Alumni Association from Palmetto Balfour, the South Carolina division of the national class ring manufacturer. Palmetto Balfour is the official provider of Citadel class rings.
- The Citadel Alumni Association paid to create the monument site. No state money was used to create the ring or for the site work.