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 Shoneys 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.