If you’ve been on campus recently, you’ll see one large thing missing.
No, it’s not the hordes of cadets heading to the Mess Hall for lunch.
It’s The Citadel’s class ring monument.
But, don’t worry folks. Just like the cadets, the ring gets a little summer vacation away from Charleston as well. The 3,800-pound replica is back at it’s birthplace, a company called “Deep in the Heart Art” in Bastrop, Texas, for some repair work on it’s exterior. Do you blame it, who doesn’t like to look good?
When it comes to traveling, I prefer a quick flight. You board, get cozy (or squished) in your seat and take a nap, read or listen to some music. Before you know it, you’ve reached your destination. I almost forgot the diet soda and peanuts.
The Ring, on the other hand, clearly likes to travel the open road, all 1,240 miles of it. According to MapQuest.com, it takes a little less than 20 hours to make the trip from Charleston to Balstrop. That’s about 16 hours too long of a roadtrip for me, but as the saying goes, “to each his own!”
Just as the seasons change and the summer fun ends, so does the ring’s vacation. Citadel spokeswoman Charlene Gunnells says the ring will be back home in late July or August.
It’s been a tough few years of constant pictures and stress on the body for the ring . Hot, sunny summers. Cool, windy winters and heavy thunderstorms don’t do anyone good. For now, it will get it’s much needed spa time and relaxation.
Check out The Citadel’s video as the ring was packing up and buckling in for the trip here: