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July 11, 2014

U.S. Sen. Scott to host Vietnam vets in Columbia

Ceremony at First Baptist Church to feature Medal of Honor recipient and bands

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott will host a ceremony Aug. 2 in Columbia to honor South Carolina’s Vietnam War era veterans.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1306 Hampton St. The event is free.

Retired Marine Maj. Gen. James Livingston of Mount Pleasant, a Medal of Honor recipient from the Vietnam War, will deliver the keynote address. Military bands from around South Carolina will perform, and military artifacts and memorabilia from the era will be on display.

Scott, R-S.C., whose father and two brothers have served in the military, also will give each veteran a senatorial certificate of appreciation and pin.

“The Vietnam War era was one of the most challenging in our nation’s history, and it is truly my honor to host these brave men and women who fought for freedom this year,” Scott said. “Their sacrifices, as well as those made by their families, will never be forgotten.”

Scott, of North Charleston, has hosted honor ceremonies for South Carolina veterans since first being elected to Congress in 2011. In 2012, he honored World War II veterans. Last year, he hosted two ceremonies honoring Korean War veterans.

The senator was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley in 2012 to replace former Sen. Jim DeMint.

If he is elected in a special election in November to fill the remainder of DeMint’s term, which runs through 2016, he will be the first African-American to be elected to statewide office in the Palmetto State since Reconstruction.

Scott easily won the Republican primary with 90 percent of the vote and is a heavy favorite in this fall’s election.

Scott said he has learned from the veterans “the importance of serving in some capacity. I walk away encouraged to continue to serve.”

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