As South Carolinians celebrate America’s independence on Monday, many will pause to remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives to keep us free.
In Columbia, in a city block bounded by Hampton, Wayne, Gadsden and Washington streets, Memorial Park pays eternal tribute to those who fought in several American wars, including World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
“We like to think that this park is about memory,” said Bud Ferillo, chairman of the Memorial Park Commission.
He quoted author Herman Wouk, who wrote: “The beginning of the end of war lies in remembrance.”
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“So this is about remembrance of the service to our country of South Carolinians in the wars of the United States in the 20th and 21st centuries,” said Ferillo, a Vietnam War veteran.