Veterans Day events

November 6, 2013 

St. Peters Catholic School students wave during the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Columbia Monday.

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LEXINGTON 1 SCHOOLS: Wednesday is the day to recognize veterans at Meadow Glen Middle, Midway Elementary, Lake Murray Elementary and Pleasant Hill Elementary schools. All veterans are invited. Call (803) 821-1155 for more information.

VETERANS DAY WREATH-LAYING: 1 p.m. Thursday in front of post headquarters at Fort Jackson. The commanding general, post command sergeant major, Fort Jackson drill sergeant of the year and the Fort Jackson soldier of the year will lay a wreath in front of the flag pole to honor our nation’s veterans.

“CAROLINA STORIES”: 8 p.m. Thursday on S.C. ETV. “General William C. Westmoreland: The Man Behind the Four Stars” provides an in-depth look at the four-star general from Spartanburg County who graduated from West Point, earned medals for bravery in World War II and became the Military Commander of Allied Forces in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968. Commentary by Gen. Westmoreland’s son, James Ripley Westmoreland; historian with the U.S. Army Center of Military History Dr. Andrew Birtle; and State Superintendent of Education Brig. Gen. Mick Zais, whose father, Gen. Melvin Zais, was Gen. Westmoreland’s close friend. “Fallen Heroes,” airing at 8:30 p.m., features two South Carolinians who gave their lives during World War II. William Farrow of Darlington was one of 80 airmen to volunteer with the famous Doolittle Raiders in 1942. After the raid, Farrow had to bail out in Japanese-held territories, was captured and later executed. Thomas Dry Howie of Abbeville was given command of the 3rd Battalion after D-Day and sent to take the pivotal town of Saint-Lo, France. He was killed before reaching the town but his men draped an American flag over his body and transported him the remaining distance. Howie has a monument in Abbeville that reads, “Dead in France, Deathless in Fame.”

VETERANS DAY PROGRAM: 10 a.m. Friday at the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Road. Keynote speaker will be Army Col. Mark D. Beiger, Commander of Fort Jackson’s 171st infantry brigade. The program will be held in the Dorn VAMC Auditorium (building 5) at the main campus. Open to the public and all veterans and families are invited to attend.

VETERANS DAY WEEKEND: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Nov. 9 events will feature military reenactors and a screening of the movie “Glory,” followed by a history curator-led tour on African American soldiers in the Civil War. Military reenactors will also be on hand Sunday. Special military discount to all veterans and active military members with a valid ID both days. (803) 898-4921; www.scmuseum.org

WOUNDED WARRIOR CONCERT: 4 p.m. Sunday at Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road. The Ashland Music Ministries will present a free performance of patriotic songs as a tribute to those who serve. A free will offering will be taken to benefit the Fort Jackson Warrior Transition Unit. (Checks may be made out to FTJ SFAC Army family RD SM NAFI.) (803) 798-5350

VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Monday at Blythewood Middle School, 2351 Longtown Road East, Blythewood. Veterans who wish to attend are asked to contact Tyler Abernathy at (803) 691-6850, ext. 85101, so that they may be given a proper salute.

VETERANS DAY AT THE ZOO: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Free admission for active duty and retired military personnel with a military ID card. (803) 779-8717

FREE ALL-AMERICAN CHEESEBURGERS: Local Shoney’s restaurants will offer free burgers to veterans and active duty military Monday at the following locations: 7335 Garners Ferry Road; 920 U.S. Highway 1 South, Lugoff; 226 South Pike West, Sumter; and 2208-B Airport Blvd., West Columbia.

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL JROTC: Veterans Day program, 10 a.m. Monday in the gym, 600 Summerland Ave., Batesburg-Leesville. All local veterans, veterans’ organizations and community members are invited to attend. Each veteran in attendance will receive special recognition for his/her service. Veterans who plan to attend should call Lt. Col. A Hatcher or 1st Sgt. Tim Covington at (803) 532-9251, ext 7110 or 7129. Keynote speaker will be Lt. Col Brian Donley, professor of military science (Senior Army ROTC) at Presbyterian College. Veterans and guests are asked to arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. for final registration prior to the start of the program.

COLUMBIA VETERANS DAY PARADE: 11 a.m. Monday from Sumter and Laurel streets, north on Sumter Street, ending at Pendleton Street near the State House. Grand Marshal will be Brig. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, commanding general at Fort Jackson. Parade will consist of more than 80 participants from various National Guard units, veterans’ groups, Scout troops, high school ROTC groups and marching bands from across the state. Free parking at the Sumter Street parking garage until 3 p.m. Hosted by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

VETERANS DAY CHORAL SALUTE: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday in the Lugoff-Elgin High School auditorium, 1284 U.S. Highway 1 South, Lugoff. Free program will feature a patriotic special from several Kershaw County schools, patriotic readings, a salute to the Armed Forces and a celebration selection featuring all schools.

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