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May 17, 2014

SC Coast: Saluting military personnel in May

A variety of events are planned along the coast for the end of May to salute the service of SC 's military personnel and their families.


By | City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA Inc.

When | All of May

Special events include |

Traveling Vietnam Wall – “The Wall That Heals” – through Sunday, near Myrtle Beach’s Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium, accessed from Farrow Parkway, by The Market Common.

Military Officers Association of America Grand Strand Chapter Golf Tournament, May 22, with lunch at noon, tourney at 2 p.m., at Legends Golf & Resort’s Heathland course, for $75 per person $280 per team, and reduced rates for veterans. Benefiting college scholarships for high school seniors, wounded warrior trips to Myrtle Beach, and Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center or Little River. Register by May 8 with Greg Youngman at 973-714-5073 or email gyoungman, or with Jerry Terwilliger at 903-4047 or

5K Run, 7:30 a.m. May 24, on Ocean Boulevard from Plyler Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue, and including the boardwalk –free for military (active duty, reserves and veterans), otherwise $20.

Memorial Day weekend parade, with Montel Williams, Marine and Navy veteran and former talk show host, as grand marshal, 10:30 a.m. May 24 on Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, from 27th Avenue North southward to Ninth Avenue North.

Family Picnic, noon-2 p.m. May 24, on Ocean Boulevard, with military exhibits, children’s activities, concert by Andrew Thielen Big Band, and meet-and-greet with Montel Williams. Free meals from Omar Shriners chefs for all military personnel and veterans, and their families

Veterans Beard & ’Stache Beach Bash, on May 24, for veterans, with such categories as Full Beard, Corporate Beard, Partial Beard (Chops, Goatees, Chin Straps),’Stache, Long Beard, Long ’Stache, Epic Beard, and for all women – even those who are not veterans – Ladies’ Faux. Email to sign up, and register formally 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. that day at “Beard Table,” then judging starts at 12:30 p.m.

Memorial Day Ceremony, with Grand Strand Patriotic Alliance, 11 a.m. May 26 at Myrtle Beach Convention Center plaza, on Oak Street at 21st Avenue North.

Local History Digitization Project: Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, Phase I, sign up for drawing to win time-capsule package, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 27 at Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Memorial Library, 400 14th Ave. N. (918-1275 or Also: visit and change the search format to “digital collection.”

Information | 918-1014 or



By | Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10420, based at 4359 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet

When | 9 a.m. May 23

Where | Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, 4182 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet

Also | Sales of memorial bricks for $50 each to honor anyone –even someone who’s not a veteran or Veterans of Foreign Wars member – for grounds around the granite, which salutes 109 service personnel from South Carolina who have died in Iraq or Afghanistan in the war on terror. Post’s memorial “re-dedication” services planned for Memorial Day, May 26 – Its initial dedication was on Veterans Day 2013. Call 222-2791.

Information | 651-6900


What | Military themed movies for adults, during “Military Appreciation Days”

What and when | 1:30 -3:30 p.m. Fridays:

May 23 – “Jarhead” (Gulf War setting)

May 30 – “Battle: Los Angeles” (imaginary end to world war)

Where | Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Memorial Library, 400 14th Ave. N., at Kings Highway

How much | Free, with ticket from front desk

Information | 918-1275 or


Benefiting | Canine Angels, a North Myrtle Beach nonprofit that rescues dogs and trains them for use by veterans with disabilities

What and when |

“Fore the Pups We Putt Golf Tournament,” 9 a.m. May 24 at Rivers Edge Golf Plantation in Shallotte, N.C., for $80 per person (checks due May 10, made out to Canine Angels, and mailed to Josie McGahn, 950 Meadowlands Trail, Calabash, NC 28467). Details at 609-576-2303.

“Dine, Dance, and Party” with the pups, 6-10 p.m. May 29 at Castano’s Italian Steakhouse, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, for $38, including three-course meal from choice of four special menu entrees, live music, prizes and auctions. 910-398-7850.

Information | 917-575-6235 or


With | music by Stringwood and by Laidback Larry

When | noon-6 p.m. May 24

Where | La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School

How much | $3, or free with donation of two canned/dry food items for local food banks

Information | 399-9463 or


By | Town of Surfside Beach

When | 4-8 p.m. May 25

Where | Surfside Pier

Also |

Memorial Day Service, 2:30 p.m. May 26 in town’s Passive Park with veterans memorial, at Surfside and Willow drives, by front of Horry County Memorial Library Surfside Beach branch.

“Surfside Beach Sunday Serenades” acoustic concerts, 2-5 p.m. Sundays, May 25-Aug. 31 in Passive Park, opening with Acoustic Johnny, Lola, and Glenn “Houndog” Hanson. Free.

How much | All for free

Information | 650-9548 or


By | Brunswick County Parks & Recreation

What | Honoring local veterans

With | Retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Cris Cabingas

When | 4:30 p.m. May 25

Where | In Rourk Gardens, on Main Street in Shallotte, N.C., across from Jerome’s Steak & Seafood

How much | Free

Information | 910-253-2031 or


When | 9:30 a.m. May 26

Where | Sunset Beach, N.C., Town Park, on Sunset Boulevard

Including |

Dedication of new flag pole, with retired Lt. Col. Gordon Coulson, from Committee to Honor America’s Veterans

National anthem performed by Linda Ladrick

Keynote speech by U.S. Rep. Michael McIntyre

Playing of memorial wreath by Boy Scout Troop 201

Playing of taps, by Steven Baker, and Ben Simmons, trumpeter from West Brunswick High School

Information | 910-579-6297


By | North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10804, American Legion Post 186, the Ladies Auxiliary in Myrtle Beach, the Knights of Columbus from Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and the Grand Strand Gold Star Mothers.

When | 11 a.m. May 26

Where | North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens, at U.S. 17, S.C. 9, S.C. 90 and Nixon Crossroads

With | Music by the Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe Band, at 10:30 a.m.

Information | 249-2932


By | Stephanie Trick-Alderighi, pianist

Benefiting | Help A Veteran, a nonprofit organization assisting veterans with special needs, and Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center of Little River

When | 1-4 p.m. May 31

Where | Grand Strand Senior Center, 1268 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach

How much | $15 individual, or two for $25

Information | 222-0718 or email

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