We shall not forget

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Presentazione del 70mo anniversario della Classe dei mai laureati

Un Giorno della Memoria e commemorazione del 70mo anniversario del D-Day: rari filmati dagli archivi della Cittadella e la storia dei laureandi del ’44 che divennero noti come “la classe dei mai laureati” a causa del loro servizio nella seconda guerra mondiale.


Charleston, S.C. (PRWEB) May 27, 2014 (View original here)

Preparazione fisica, esercizi, ispezioni… vecchi video promozionali del 1942 mostrano scene di vita nel Corpo dei Cadetti della Carolina del Sud. I video della Cittadella venivano mostrati in scuole e cinema per promuovere i valori di un’educazione universitaria militare proprio mentre l’America veniva pienamente coinvolta nella seconda guerra mondiale, e due anni prima del D-Day. Ma quei cadetti che frequentavano il secondo anno ai tempi delle riprese avrebbero avuto le loro carriere interrotte in modo drammatico.

“È vero perché non abbiamo mai avuto cerimonie di laurea, non abbiamo mai avuto la cerimonia dell’anello, non abbiamo mai avuto niente di ciò che caratterizza l’ultimo anno alla Cittadella – nessuno dei privilegi tipici per i laureandi. Come conseguenza non credo che l’etichetta di “mai laureati” sia in fondo inappropriata”, dice Timothy Street, uno dei Laureandi del 1944 alla Cittadella.

In onore dei Laureandi del 1944 alla Cittadella e dei membri di quella classe che servirono o furono uccisi in battaglia durante la seconda guerra mondiale, il college ha pubblicato alcuni rari filmati insieme con un video (more…)


One Year of The Citadel Memorial Europe

WE REMEMBER…

One year ago, I published I wear the ring and publicly announced the availability of this digital memorial to the Citadel Men interred and memorialized here in 16 military cemeteries across Europe and North Africa.

It has been a year of vibrant impressions and one of the most spiritually and emotionally enriching years of my life. As I have tried to get to know these men and to share their stories, I have had the pleasure of making many new friends, and reconnecting with old friends, here in Europe and in America. So many warm and incredible people have touched my life this year. For this, I am truly grateful.

I have compiled my Top Ten Memories. Here is our story as I experienced it the past 12 months…

– Into Thy Hands O Lord –

1 Visit to Cambridge with BillA few days after “going public”, I received an email from an alumnus. A few weeks later, I flew over the North Sea to visit Cambridge American Cemetery in England with him, two of his sons, and the historian of “The Bloody 100th”. It was an inspirational and moving experience that I shall never forget. Together, we paid our respects to the three Citadel Men resting in peace and the one memorialized on the Wall of the Missing. Together, we recited The Cadet Prayer.

On that day, I began a new phase in this journey. See my post The Major of St. Lo.

– Memorial Day –

During Memorial Day weekend, I visited the Citadel Men resting in peace at the Netherlands and Henri-Chapelle American Cemeteries. The two cemeteries are located just 20 kilometers from each other, one on either side of the Dutch-Belgian border to the east of Maastricht and Liege in the direction of Aachen, Germany.

An alumnus wrote to me several times during April and May, “Don’t forget those who are still Missing-In-Action!”. In remembrance of the eight men who rest in no known grave here in Europe and North Africa, I laid flowers at the grave of an unknown a few meters from Albert S. Hagood, Class of 1931. They are not forgotten.

Two posts – Part I and Part II – describe the events of that spectacular Memorial Day weekend.

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– Faces and Stories –

Since last April, I have received details about our men from many places – alumni, family, their “adopters”, historians, and archivists. Four men have received the attention of several posts. Their names, faces, and stories have become familiar. (more…)