Veterans Day events, Nov. 8

November 8, 2013 

FRIDAY AT LEXINGTON 1 SCHOOLS: Breakfast for local veterans at New Providence Elementary; 7:30 a.m. breakfast followed by grade-level Veterans Day assemblies at Pleasant Hill Middle; a school-wide parade will be held at Carolina Springs Elementary; Veterans Day assemblies and a parade of honor at Meadow Glen Elementary; Biscuits for Bravery breakfast and donation to a charity dedicated to veterans at White Knoll Elementary; an assembly featuring Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr. at Gilbert High; assembly featuring veterans as guest speakers at Oak Grove Elementary; White Knoll Veterans Day Bowl, veterans and current military personnel in uniform will receive free admission to the 7:30 p.m. White Knoll vs. Lexington football game. (803) 821-1155

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 re-enactors and a screening of the movie “Glory,” followed by a history curator-led tour on African-American soldiers in the Civil War. Military re-enactors 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;

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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