Memorial Day offerings

May 23, 2013 

A sampling of Memorial Day weekend activities honoring those who have served.

The SC Railroad Museum in Winnsboro will offer free trains rides to active and retired military personnel, and their families Saturday. Trains will depart at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. No reservations are needed, but military identification is required. The rides are being sponsored by the Nexsen Pruet law firm. The SC Railroad Museum is located at 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro.

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is in Sumter as part of this year’s Iris Festival. The wall will open with a special ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday. It will be accessible 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, the same hours as the festival, which features concerts, arts and crafts and a flower show. Swan Lake-Iris Gardens, 822 W. Liberty St., Sumter.

Palmetto Concert Band offers a free Memorial Day concert, 4 p.m. Sunday at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Selections will include “Summon the Heroes,” “Victory at Sea,” “American Salute,” “Armed Forces Salute” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Historic Columbia Foundation will offer active duty military personnel and their families free tours of its historic house museums from the day after Memorial Day through Sept. 1 as one of 1,800 museums across America participating in the Blue Star Museums program.

Bertram Rantin

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