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November 22, 2017
1. Speaker recounts details of ‘Final Salute’ to Kennedy

The “Final Salute” is the story of a nation in mourning following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, and on the morning of Nov. 14 — 54 years after the tragic events in Dallas – that story was shared with an audience at the Howell Library. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Carl V. Lillvik (retired), who spoke at the library, was a classmate and military acquaintance of 1st Lt. Samuel R. Bird, the Officer-in-Charge of the president’s casket bearing team. Lillvik and Bird both graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C., in June 1961. Lillvik told captivated audience members details of the days that followed Kennedy’s assassination. His account of the events is an amalgam of firsthand accounts related to him by his military colleagues. He related how a Secret Service agent was overheard asking a nurse at Parkland Memorial Hospital, “Where is the nearest white funeral home?” “I mention this because you go back to the idea that the Secret Service agents were very close to him, they were part of the family,” Lillvik said.

Published in: centraljersey.com - Online
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November 22, 2017
2. Mitchell Lee's journey on 'The Voice' has come to a close

We've been cheering for Citadel graduate Mitchell Lee ever since he made the blind auditions on hit NBC TV show "The Voice." However, his time on the popular singing program has sadly come to a close. The episode to end our hopes and dreams for the Charleston representative aired Monday, Nov. 13, during which the coaches had to eliminate half of their teams in preparation for the live shows. Lee was one of three out of six members to be eliminated on Blake Shelton's team after singing "Heaven" by Bryan Adams. Despite praise from several of the judges, including Shelton, Lee was ultimately cut in what was the biggest elimination of the show thus far. "This is my absolute favorite by you," said Jennifer Hudson. "It showed everything you need to show at a playoff," added Miley Cyrus. "He can valuable for my team because he really knows how to work the stage," said Blake Shelton. "He's a full package, a great performer; no reason this guy can't be a success in the music industry." After being eliminated, Lee showed appreciation for all the show had done for him. "I can't tell you how happy you've made this Carolina boy," said Lee. And we were happy to watch him during the journey.

Published in: The Post and Courier - Onlline
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November 22, 2017
3. Patriots Point Development Authority Welcomes Two New Members to the Board of Directors

Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie is a 1983 graduate of The Citadel and has served as chief executive officer for several non-profits, including the Lowcountry Open Land Trust and the South Carolina Maritime Foundation. Haynie is a former congressional press secretary and op-ed newspaper columnist.“I have had the pleasure of serving with two former Mayors of Mount Pleasant who are people of the highest caliber that bring a tremendous amount to the table in building a relationship between our museum and the wonderful town of Mount Pleasant,” said Chandler. “We welcome the opportunity for this new mayor to join us in carrying on that great tradition.”

Published in: patriotspoint.org - Online
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