STATE HOUSE: Some lawmakers want to rename 'Black Friday' to honor military families

Posted by ADAM BEAM on January 22, 2014 

Family and friends gathered to welcome more than 150 Soldiers with the South Carolina National Guard's 122nd Engineer Battalion home from their deployment to Afghanistan in a ceremony at Eagle Aviation in West Columbia, Monday. During their deployment, the 122nd Engineers supported route clearance missions, tearing down of bases during retrograde operations, as well as construction projects in and around eastern and northern Afghanistan


— "Black Friday," the unofficial shopping holiday the day after Thanksgiving, would have new meaning in South Carolina if a bill introduced Tuesday becomes law.

H.4527 would designate the day after Thanksgiving as "A Day of Recognition for Veterans' Spouses and Families."

The bill's primary sponsor, Rep. Raye Felder, R-York, is joined by 18 co-sponsors.

Former President Ronald Reagan declared May 23, 1984 the first "Military Spouse Appreciation Day." Since then, the day has traditionally fallen on the Friday before Mother's Day, and presidents usually issue an official proclamation.

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