Memorial Day Events

May 25, 2013 

Saturday, May 25

Operation Thank You has set a goal of 10,000 cards bearing messages of support and encouragement for deployed service members, veterans and wounded warriors. The event will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Dutch Square Mall’s food court (a signing table will also be set up in the AMC Theatre lobby). The event continues at the mall 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (803) 546-0343

The S.C. Railroad Museum will offer free train rides for veterans and their dependents at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The museum is at 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro. Parking is free, too. Sponsored by a grant from Nexsen Pruet. (803) 712-4135;

Sunday, May 26

The Palmetto Concert Band will present a Memorial Day concert at 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.” Free. http://www.palmettoc

Monday, May 27

A Memorial Day service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, 503 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. Refreshments will be served. (803) 359-6118

Memorial Day ceremony conducted by the Sumter County Veterans Association, 11 a.m. Monday at Swan Lake Iris Gardens, 822 W. Liberty St., Sumter, in front of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. Keynote speaker will be retired Army chaplain Col. Charles Clanton, retired Air Force Col. Robert Hopkins will play “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes during the portion of the ceremony honoring the POW/MIA.

The Piney Grove community and VFW Post 4262 will hold a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday at Piney Grove Cemetery, Piney Grove Road. During the 13th annual observance, American flags, grave markers will be placed on the graves of veterans, Ladies Auxiliary members, community founders and freedom fighters. (803) 788-7344

VFW Post 4262 will honor all members deceased during the 2012-2013 fiscal year at 3 p.m. Monday at the Post home, 5128 N. Main St. (803) 786-1630

A Heritage Celebration is slated for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday at the Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins. Guests will be retired Army Maj. Gen. Nathaniel James of the 369th Historical Society, New York, and Columbia’s Spann Watson Chapter-Tuskegee Airmen. Sonya Hodges will present information/displays dedicated to World War I soldiers and there will be live music, a children’s carnival, hayrides and vendors. Free, sponsored by the South East Rural Community Outreach. (803) 361-6444

Mount Hermon Lutheran Church, 3011 Leaphart Road, West Columbia, will hold a community Memorial Day service at 7 p.m. Monday in the Fellowship Hall of the church. The service will include the Palmetto Mastersingers who will present a selection of patriotic songs. All veterans and their branches of service will also be recognized; a reception will follow. (803) 794-6430

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