Summerall Guards to salute veterans and march in Columbia parade
The Citadel’s silent drill platoon, the Summerall Guards, will march in the downtown Columbia Veterans Day parade at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11.
The Summerall Guards exemplify the skill and precision of military education. Its 61 members and two alternates are seniors who have earned a place on the platoon through rigid competition each spring. Guard members are selected for their physical stamina and drill proficiency. Membership in the platoon is considered a high honor at the college.
A widely traveled drill unit, the Summerall Guards has participated in parades and ceremonies throughout the country including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah, Ga., Walt Disney World in Orlando, the Azalea Festival in Wilmington, N.C., and the United States Presidential inaugural parades, including the 2005 inauguration of President George W. Bush.
The Summerall Guards is 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 Citadel, founded in 1842, is a coeducational military college in Charleston, S.C., that offers a classic military education for young men and women who seek a college experience that is intense, meaningful and academically strong. The South Carolina Corps of Cadet enrolls approximately 2,100 students each year. The institution also has a separate nonmilitary evening component that serves approximately 1,100 graduate and undergraduate professional students.