The Blue Star Mothers are honoring five current or former military men at their fifth annual Patriots Ball.
The gala is being held Saturday evening in Columbia at the Medallion Center. The event includes a reception and silent auction, dinner and dancing.
Funds from the event are being used by the military support group to benefit veterans, active duty military and their families.
The five being honored with a Palmetto Patriot Award are Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter; S.C. Army National Guard Capt. James E. Smith Jr.; S.C. National Guard veteran Bob Russell; U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.) Maj. Gen. George Goldsmith; and U.S. Air Force (Ret.) Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Olsen.