A Charleston institution turns 175: The Citadel celebrates its past, looks to future

Recognition Day 2018

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Robert Behre and Gregory Yee

The Citadel marked its 175th birthday Saturday with a full day of events across Charleston, including a march of cadets from their current campus by Hampton Park to Marion Square, where the school first came to life in 1843.

In that year, an inaugural class of 20 cadets reported to an arsenal building — already called “The Citadel” by locals — that would become their new home. It’s now an Embassy Suites hotel whose crenelated parapet testifies to its military past.