There will be many highlights during pregame and halftime ceremonies of Saturday's game that honors the school's military heritage and recognizes the armed services who continue to serve our country today.
The pregame ceremonies will begin
at 2:30 pm with a parade from the Holmes and
McCabe dormitories led by a Riderless Horse,
The ceremony continues with The Citadel Bag
Pipes and Band, the march of The Citadel Cadets
and Citadel veterans, the Clemson Senior
Platoon and Clemson Corps banner, the march
of Clemson veterans, and Clemson ROTC and
Dotting the "i" in Tigers Saturday will
be members of the Clemson University Pershing
Rifles, Company C4. This past spring, this
group won the National Drill Team Championship
for the fifth straight year and for the seventh
year in the last nine years. The Pershing Rifles
were founded in 1939 and can be seen each
year posting and retrieving the nation's colors at
all home football games in addition to special
events on campus throughout the year. The Pershing
Rifles are made up of cadets from the Air
Force and Army ROTC programs and Clemson
The pregame ceremonies will also
include a flyover at the conclusion of the National
Anthem of four F16s from McEntire Air National
Guard. The pregame Pledge of Allegiance will
be led by a soldier stationed overseas.
One of the highlights of Saturday's
activities will be the halftime introduction
of Medal of Honor recipient First Lieutenant
Charles Murray, Jr. and the joint performance by
The Citadel and Clemson bands.
Murray is one of just four living Media
of Honor recipients from the state of South
Carolina. A member of the 30th infantry and
third Division, Murray directed his troops from a
flank attack against 200 Germans in Kaysersberg,
France on December 16, 1944. During the
attack, Lieutenant Murray killed 20 and captured
10 enemy soldiers. He suffered eight wounds
when hit by a grenade during the attack.
By his single-handed attack, First
Lieutenant Murray stopped a counter attack
while establishing an advance position against
formidable odds. Give a warm welcome to this
American hero during halftime of today's game.
The halftime ceremonies will also
include the introduction of some of the families
of the 62 fallen soldiers from the State of South
Carolina who lost their lives in the wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq. There will also be a 21- gun
salute by the Pershing Rifles Drill Team. The
bells at Tillman Hall will ring 472 times for the
fallen Clemson solders on the "Scroll of Honor."
Military Appreciation Day is Saturday
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