Veterans garden to be unveiled today

ROCK HILL - After years of waiting, Rock Hill's veterans have a place to honor their fallen comrades.

A veterans garden will be unveiled today at Glencairn Garden in a ceremony expected to attract hundreds of past and present service members.

The 10 a.m. program features an honor guard, bagpipers, military bands and speeches by local and state dignitaries, including S.C. Adjutant General Stan Spears.

Workers rushed to finish construction in time for Veterans Day, culminating an effort that started several years ago.

The garden pays timely tribute to local World War II veterans, especially those too frail to travel to a national memorial in Washington, D.C.

World War II produced an estimated 3 million veterans. Nationwide, they are dying at a rate of about 1,000 per day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

City leaders first endorsed the idea of such a memorial about five years ago, as plans took shape for an expansion of Glencairn, a city park on Charlotte Avenue.

The garden is part of a $1.6 million improvement phase that also included a cascade fountain, tent plaza overlook and bridge.