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HUGO SALUTES OUR VETERANS: A national program providing Hugo folding canes to members of the military in need of mobility assistance comes to Columbia on Wednesday. Canes provided by AMG Medical will be available at Sam's Club locations, 5426 Forest Drive, and 350 Harbison Blvd., while supplies last. You don't have to be a member of Sam's Club, but proof of U.S. military service may be required.

CITY OF COLUMBIA: Veterans Day memorial ceremony and parade, Wednesday. Memorial service begins at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Sumter and Washington streets. The parade, with about 75 entries, will start at 11 a.m., running northbound on Sumter Street from the corner of Laurel and Sumter. Grand marshal will be retired Army Col. Charles P. Murray Jr., representing veterans of World War II and Korean and Vietnam wars. Traffic restriction along the route will be administered 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

DAV MOBILE SERVICE OFFICE: Veterans can get benefits counseling and assistance in filing claims 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday at Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson, 190 Pontiac Business Center Drive, Columbia. The event is part of the Harley-Davidson Foundation's Harley's Heroes and is free to all veterans and members of their families. (803) 647-2422

VETERAN'S DAY CEREMONY: to honor all veterans, from the Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Camden at the Joseph Kershaw Gravesite, corner of Broad and Bull streets, across from Rhame Arena. Presented by Camden Garden Club as part of its 80th anniversary project to beautify and conserve the gravesite of Col. Kershaw, founding father of Camden and one of the nation's first patriots. The ceremony will feature Revolutionary militia re-enactors, Colonial Color Guard, DAR and SAR participation, American Revolution Association and Historic Camden personnel, and a tribute to the Kershaw descendants and to all veterans. Open to the public. (803) 432-8836

MAIN STREET UMC: Special photography exhibit of the congregation's veterans from the Civil War to the present. Photos will be on display Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Archives Room, 1930 Main St. (803) 779-0610

WE LOVE OUR COUNTRY FAIR: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Shoppes at Flight Deck, 109 Old Chapin Road, Lexington. Live music, vendors, crafters, children's activities, military vehicles and displays, discussions and book signings by local veterans/authors, apple pie bakeoff, hot dog eating contest, scavenger hunt. Admission is a donation of four cans of food for Meals on Wheels. Blue Star Mothers will be collecting stocking stuffers for active duty soldiers in the Middle East. Flag retirement ceremony at 3 p.m., conducted by the American Legion. Proceeds will benefit Blue Star Mothers, the Honor Flight Program and Meals on Wheels. (803) 957-3602

PALMETTO MASTERSINGERS VETERANS DAY TRIBUTE: 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lexington Town Hall, 111 Maiden Lane. Speaker will be an Honor Flight participant and guardian. Sponsored by Lexington Medical Center.

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL JROTC: Annual Veterans Day program, 10 a.m. Wednesday in the gym, 600 Summerland Ave. All local veterans and veterans' organizations are invited. Special recognition will be made of each veteran in attendance; call (803) 532-9251, ext. 7110 or 7129. Keynote speaker will be Army National Guard 1st Lt. Douglas Bruner, who is also a Lexington County Sheriff's Department deputy. Veterans and guests are asked to arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. for final registration.

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