Clemson to dedicate Scroll of Honor Memorial
CLEMSON — Nearly 500 Clemson Tigers have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. They will be memorialized during the dedication of the Scroll of Honor Memorial at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 22.
Located on campus at the corner of Fort Hill Street and Williamson Road, the Scroll of Honor is the realization of a long-held desire to create a perpetual memorial near the football stadium. In 1942 Memorial Stadium was named to honor Clemson alumni who died in the line of duty, but until now there has been no mention at the stadium of those killed.
“Clemson has a proud tradition of military excellence, dating back to its founding as a military school,” said Clemson President James F. Barker. “It is an honor to dedicate a memorial that will stand to remind us of the efforts and ultimate sacrifice of so many Clemson veterans.”
Retired Marine Corps Col. Larkin Spivey, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, will speak during the ceremony. Spivey commanded infantry and reconnaissance units in combat and was trained in parachute, submarine and special operations. Spivey is the nephew of two alumni recognized on the Scroll of Honor – twin brothers Edward R. Norton and James A. Norton Jr., members of the Class of 1942 who were killed during World War II.
The dedication ceremony will honor a veteran from each major conflict and feature comments from individuals representing the organizations that supported the memorial. Major donors and volunteers include the Classes of 1954, 1958 and 1959, IPTAY, the Clemson Alumni Association, the Clemson student body and the Clemson Corps.
“It truly is moving to see how many volunteers supported the project and worked tirelessly to make the memorial a reality,” said retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Hap Carr, past chairman of the Clemson Corps and co-chairman of the Scroll of Honor Memorial project committee.
“We are thankful for the hundreds of alumni, friends and family members who have helped us make this memorial a reality,” said retired Col. Danny Rhodes, past chairman of the Clemson Corps and co-chairman of the Scroll of Honor Memorial project committee.
The Clemson Corps started maintaining a scroll of names in 2002 to recognize alumni killed in the line of duty. The group always had a vision of erecting a memorial in honor of those lost. The Corps was established in 1999 as an Alumni Association constituent group to help raise funds to create scholarships for ROTC cadets and to help perpetuate Clemson’s military history.
Information on additional honorees, as well as progress of the memorial construction, is available at http://cualumni.clemson.edu/scrollofhonor.