The Citadel’s Honor, Duty and Respect demonstrated at Fenway Park
CHARLESTON, S.C. – “Hats Off to Heroes” is one of the Boston Red Sox’s most popular community programs and the President of The Citadel was recognized recently through that initiative at a sold-out game at Fenway Park. The evening was a momentous occasion for The Citadel, beginning with The Military College of South Carolina’s Color Guard presenting the colors at the historic ballpark.
The Citadel Chamber Choir then sang the National Anthem before the Red Sox and the Orioles took to the field.
“Singing the National Anthem with The Citadel’s Chamber Choir at Fenway Park was one of the most amazing and memorable experiences in my entire life,” said Cadet James McManus, regimental public affairs staff, chorale member and New Jersey native. “We were all thrilled to represent The Citadel in front of an audience that didn't necessarily know much about us. We hope we left a lasting and positive impression of what we are all about.”
During the fourth inning, Citadel President, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, a member of The Citadel Class of 1973, was honored for his service in the U.S. Air Force. Rosa was a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours and also served as the superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy, before returning to Charleston, S.C., to lead his alma mater.
Rosa and the cadets who attended the game on Sept. 8 were also hosted at the Harvard Club of Boston by Stephen Columbia who attended The Citadel in the 1970s.
“The entire experience with our alumni, the Harvard Club, the Red Sox organization, and the honor for General Rosa was fantastic,” said McManus.
Before returning to the college’s Charleston, S.C. campus, Rosa spoke at a portrait unveiling in Washington, D. C., for former U.S. Congressman Steve Buyer who is a member of The Citadel Class of 1980.
These memorable events would not have happened if not for the efforts of The Citadel’s highly engaged alumni such as Stephen Columbia, ’78, of Charlestown, Mass., and The Citadel Foundation.
“Our passion and love for our alma mater rose to new levels during this effort. Words escape me to describe how much it means to alumni to see The Citadel’s cadets, President and other leadership take the time to leave campus and visit us at home,” said Jim Mazzone, ’60, a member of the board of The Citadel Alumni Association and district director for the Northeast. “The image of the cadets singing the National Anthem, with the Color Guard in the background at Fenway Park will never leave our hearts.”
Mazzone commended Stephen Columbia, for his instrumental work in planning and orchestrating the Boston events in conjunction with The Citadel Foundation. He emphasized the impact had on increasing the awareness of the college’s mission in the northeast.
“The cadets are seeking a college experience that offers something beyond just an excellent academic education; an experience that will mold them into leaders. They are choosing a life of sacrifice and service founded on our colleges’ core values of Honor, Duty and Respect and that’s what Boston saw. In fact, the normally boisterous fans at the game were especially quiet as the cadets performed. That was among the highest forms of respect that could have been shown for what our young men and women represent,” Mazzone added.
The commitment demonstrated by graduates of The Citadel also contributed greatly to the college’s renewed #1 Best Public College in the South, announced the same week. The 2015 rankings guide represents the fourth consecutive year The Citadel has earned the top spot in its category. One of the criteria used in the publisher’s ranking formula is a college’s rate of alumni giving. The Citadel's has been the highest for public and private colleges in the South for 4 consecutive years.
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About The Citadel
The Citadel is a four-year, public college in historic Charleston, South Carolina. The Citadel offers a classic military college education for young men and women profoundly focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. Graduates are not required to serve in the military but about 35 percent of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military service. Graduates of The Citadel have served the nation, their state and their community as principled leaders since the college was founded in 1842. The Citadel Graduate College offers more than 40 Master's degrees and graduate certificates in a wide range of disciplines, plus five undergraduate programs, through an all-evening schedule. Some graduate courses are available online.