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Citadel News Service
8 Sep 2011

Summerall Guards perform at Clemson's Military Appreciation Day

The Citadel’s most recognized drill unit, The Summerall Guards, will perform Saturday during Clemson Tiger football's Military Appreciation Day activities. 

The Summerall Guards will present a seven-minute halftime performance and will participate in the pregame parade from campus to Memorial Stadium beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Tigers play Wofford College with a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

“Honor, duty and respect are the foundation of The Citadel’s mission of educating principled leaders for all walks of life,” said Summerall Guards Commander Cadet Matthew Moser. “We share these core values with the men and women serving in our military and are honored and privileged to be a part of Clemson’s Military Appreciation Day.”

Since its creation in 1932, the unit has performed movements based on an old German close order drill which is not written down but is passed down by cadets through training. The Summerall Guards, which consists of 61 first-class (senior) cadets, is a silent precision drill platoon that selects its members through a vigorous process of training and initiation. The group is 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 have performed across the nation at athletic events, four Presidential Inaugurations, Disney World, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., Mardi Gras in New Orleans and St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, Ga.

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