They were very young, but the South Carolina Corps of Cadets remembers
By Brianna Young, Regimental Public Affairs Officer
Where were you on September 11th? The majority of cadets at The Citadel were still in elementary school on that fateful day in 2001, but no matter how old, almost every American over the age of fourteen has a story to share about where they were when the unimaginable happened.
On the fourteenth anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks against the United States, the Corps of Cadets came together in a show of pure patriotism. More than 1,500 cadets voluntarily gathered on Summerall Field on a hot Charleston Friday afternoon to show their respects to the lives lost in the collapse of the Twin Towers and on Flight 93. In unison, the cadets conducted pushups, sit-ups, and squats – one for every life lost in the attacks – followed by a run which was led by the Regimental Commander Jimmy Urban, and the Nation’s Colors.
Earlier in the week, The Citadel Republican Society emplaced a single American flag for each victim in the 9/11 attacks. The line of flags stretched the entire length of the Avenue of Remembrance leading into campus.
On the anniversary, a solemn sense of strength and American patriotism overwhelmed the campus even more so than on the typical day at our beloved military college. Citadel alumnus, friends and family watched the our drills for those remembered, as they mingled and waited for their cadets after the weekly parade, or for the biannual Gold Stars dinner at The Citadel President’s house later that evening. Even as the Corps prepared for yet another busy weekend in support of Bulldogs football, chants of “USA, USA” echoed through our campus.