The Citadel to honor 9/11 with memorial, exhibition, Lt. Dan Band concert

  • Thursday, September 12, 2013

In observance of the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93, a fragment of steel from the wreckage of the Twin Towers will be presented to The Citadel. Members of the New York City Fire Department and the Independence Fund will make the presentation in a ceremony before the Sept. 13 dress parade at 3:30 p.m. on Summerall Field. The public is invited to attend.

The Citadel will also honor the anniversary with two exhibitions of photographs taken by military combat photojournalists and a concert by the Lt. Dan Band to raise money for disabled veterans.

Chosen by former North Carolina firefighter and Independence Fund volunteer Capt. John L. Woodall, the steel fragment from the Twin Towers will be permanently housed in Capers Hall lobby in memory of the people who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.

“This piece is very special,” said Woodall, “because it includes the partial outline of one of the ornate crosses cut from the wreckage of the towers by skilled steelworkers to give to families of the missing.”

The 9/11 memorial will be surrounded by an exhibition of photographs taken by military combat photojournalists after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Located at the Joint Base Charleston, 1st Combat Camera Squadron Flight Commander Capt. Nicholas Mercurio shared these photographs to offer an on-the-ground context to the memorial. This exhibition will be on view in Capers lobby through the end of October.

“Given the emphasis on military duty at The Citadel, and the large numbers of students and faculty who were affected by these attacks, we as a board are honored to support the creation of this memorial,” said Maj. General F. Eli Wishart, Jr.,’63, president of the Advisory Board of The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Concert Honoring Veterans

On Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m., the Lt. Dan Band will perform in Johnson Hagood Stadium in partnership with the non-profit Independence Fund. Led by actor and musician Gary Sinise, nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Lt. Dan in the movie “Forrest Gump,” the Lt. Dan Band travels worldwide to support U.S. troops and to raise money for veterans and their families. Tickets are available for purchase at www.LDW4.org.

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