Answered By: Marie Rose
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2015     Views: 42

The Summerall Chapel was erected in 1936 and named after the president of The Citadel, Charles P. Summerall.

Many of the themes of the memorial windows were actually suggested by General Summerall and the final designs were approved by him. The small window in the front is actually a picture of Nathan Hale, the revolutionary patriot who said, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.

The quote above the front door reads: "Remember Now Thy Creator In The Days Of Thy Youth." It comes from the Bible: Ecclesiastes 12:1.

The cornerstone is at the northeast corner of the building. It says: "Erected 1936. Jos. E. Hart Grand Master of Masons A.L. 5956. Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works. Project No. S.C. 1046-R."

On November 11, 2004, a ceremony was held to dedicate two flagpoles near the front portion of the Chapel donated by Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Johnson in memory of their son, Kris Johnson, a member of the Class of 2004 from Oscar Company. He died unexpectedly at home during spring break 2003. (Sources: Michael D. Blackwell, Remember Now Thy Creator in the Days of Thy Youth. pp. 105-141. U430 .B63 2003; The Citadel Public Affairs Office announcement, November 11, 2004)

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