Citadel kicks off its year-long 175th anniversary celebration this weekend

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As seen in The Post and Courier, by Robert Behre

Saturday’s first Citadel football game will be more than just a gridiron battle against Newberry College. It also will mark the kickoff of the school’s year-long celebration of its 175th year.

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa said the school is proudly marking how the school, founded in 1842, has remained relevant for eight generations.

“Our mission to educate and develop principled leaders is resonating with record numbers of young people today who want to put service above self and make a difference in the world,” he said in a statement.

During Saturday’s 6 p.m. home game, which will be broadcast on ESPN3, the stadium will show a sweeping video exploring the college’s history. Also, the school’s official anniversary art will be unveiled by cadets shedding their jackets to reveal T-shirts with the winning design.

South Carolina Corps of Cadets Regimental Commander Cadet George “Dillon” Graham, a biology major from Myrtle Beach, said he has learned many lessons from the men and women who have gone before.

Graduates have fought in every American war since the Mexican War of 1846.

“It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of so many generations of Citadel alumni who have served or are serving our nation, state, and our communities as principled leaders,” he said in a statement.