Share the Sacrifice to Honor Them.
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy
We are months from our 10 year reunion and many of you have already stepped up in a big way for our Alma Mater. If you have already given, on behalf of the entire reunion committee, Thank You.
As many of you know the Class of '67 is spearheading an effort to create a War Memorial on campus. The monument will be dedicated in 2017 to coincide with The Citadel's 175th anniversary. The $1,000,000+ overall project cost will support both construction as well as the creation of an endowment to maintain the memorial’s upkeep in perpetuity.
Given the cost, the project has been opened to "class sponsoring" from any class willing to pitch in. A class that contributes $100,000 to the project will be recognized at dedication and the memorial will be engraved with the class year (in an out of the way corner that does not detract from the memorial's overall message).
After several discussions on the class Facebook page, we have decided to make the memorial our primary goal for the remainder of our reunion campaign. (You may notice we have changed our donation page to make "The Citadel War Memorial" our default designation online).To see a fundraising effort of this magnitude to fruition, we will need every single classmate to chip in. $100,000 is a big pricetag, but it may be the most worthwhile financial contribution our class can make to The Citadel in our lifetimes. And it is the very least we do to honor these men.
Generations of future cadets, Citadel families, and alumni like you will stop to pause and reflect on the unthinkable sacrifice over 430 Citadel men have made for their country. At future reunions, when you take your children and - someday, grandchildren - back to your old stomping grounds, you will be able to proudly point to the monument and say, "I was a part of this. What this memorial stands for is important to me."
We need your help. Please donate what you can and join us in honoring them.