CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A new war memorial is in the works to honor fallen Citadel heroes.
Friday afternoon was the start of Citadel homecoming and also the groundbreaking ceremony to commence construction of the new Citadel War Memorial.
The new Citadel War Memorial will be located along the Avenue of Remembrance between Summerall Chapel and Mark Clark Hall.
The memorial will honor fallen Citadel alumni who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The memorial will be a courtyard on the Citadel campus, encompassed by black granite walls. Names of the Citadel's fallen will be etched under each respective conflict beside the names of other fallen alumni. This wall will also be a living memorial, and names of future fallen soldiers will also be added.
The memorial will offer a gathering place for cadets, students, alumni, faculty, staff and visitors to gather and pay their respect.
"They have done their duty, they have served with honor, and we needed to do something on campus to respect their service and sacrifice," said Lt. Gen. W. Michael Steele, member of the Class of 1967.
The 1967 alumni class funded $1 million for the construction of the project.
"Our class suffered the most casualties in Viet Nam, and we started thinking about how many Citadel alumni have perished in conflicts serving their nation and how we could best honor them," said Steele.
"Our class lost more guys in Vietnam than any other citadel class and the guys we lost, like all the classes that lost guys over there. Were great guys and we hated losing them and if we could do something here to memorialize their sacrifice it seemed like a worthy thing to do," John Warley, Citadel class of 1967 said.
The dedication ceremony for the memorial is expected to be at the 2017 homecoming.