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2021 Memorial Day Events

May 24, 2021

Memorial Day

Memorial Day will be observed this year on Monday, May 31st to honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.


Every year, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issues a proclamation in observance of Memorial Day to encourage all to remember, recognize and honor Americans whose sacrifices helped strengthen our Nation and improved quality of life for people around the world.

 There are numerous events happening around the state this Memorial Day weekend that are listed below.










M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony

Cemetery Program 1Cemetery Program 2Cemetery Program 3 Cemetery Program 4

World War II Veteran to honor Lieutenant (KIA) credited with saving his life

Friday, May 28th


Quaker Cemetery

Camden, SC

Contact: Long Gone LLC

Phone: 803-900-5671


Private Grasso

Anthony Grasso of Norwood, MA will visit Camden on May 28, 2021 to pay his final respects to Lt. Frank Dubose, who Grasso credits with saving his live during World War II.

Lt. Dubose

Lt. Frank Shirer Dubose was killed in action November 2, 1944 in Aachen Germany.  He was laid to rest in Quaker Cemetery* on April 16, 1949.  Grasso, who is 96 years old, will at last be able to give a Final Salute to Dubose.

Residents of New England learned of Grasso’s story after reading the book “All Souls Day: The World War II Battle and the Search for a Lost U.S. Battalion” by Joseph Pereira. 





Aiken Memorial Day Parade

Saturday, May 29th


Downtown Aiken

Web site: Aiken County Memorial Day Parade

Aiken County Memorial Day Parade
Photo Credit: Aiken County Memorial Day Parade​​​​​

Allendale Veterans Garden Party

Allendale Veterans Garden Party

Lancaster County Memorial Day Commemorations

Remembrance Walk

Sunday, May 30th

9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Lindsey Pettus Greenway

453 Colonial Avenue

Lancaster, SC 29720

***Four (4) sponsored water stations along greenway for participants.


Memorial Day Program

Memorial Park

Monday, May 31st

3 p.m.

1389 Memorial Park Rd.

Lancaster, SC 29720

Flags to be place on all graves of Veterans buried in Memorial Park Cemetery.

York County Memorial Day Ceremony

York County Memorial Flyer

Greenville Memorial Day Ceremony


Greenville Flyer

Vietnam Veterans of America Memorial Day Ceremony (Columbia)

Memorial Park
South Carolina Memorial Park, Photo Credit: Historic Columbia Online​​​

Monday, May 31st

9 a.m.

This event will take place at the Vietnam War Memorial Wall located in Memorial Park in Columbia and will begin shortly after 9 AM.  Parking is available near the corner of Gadsden and Washington Streets in a lot adjacent to this site. The event will feature a brief traditional ceremony honoring our fallen across US history with music and words of remembrance. The public, relatives and other friends of fallen service members as well as representatives of various veterans’ organizations and interest groups are invited to attend.

Attendees are asked to practice social distancing and wear appropriate face coverings (masks) when in close proximity to others. There will be seating on-site particularly for those in need.

Our organization, the Vietnam Veterans of America, Col. Jack Van Loan Chapter 303, located in Columbia; is the host of this event and is asking to be contacted by anyone who would like a special mention at this ceremony particularly if they are relatives of the fallen from any US conflict. Of course, this applies to anyone who was a friend or relative of a person whose name is on this Vietnam War Memorial Wall.

This monument features the names of all individuals who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country in the Vietnam War. Notably these names have been placed on this wall listed by SC county and, as such, it is a moving and appropriate memorial often used by many veterans organizations as a site for remembrance and tributes to all veterans and the fallen.

For information please contact:

Ron Hagell (US Army Vietnam Service 1967-68)

President, VVA Chapter 303   Cell: (803) 297-1938

Lake Murray VFW (Leesville) Memorial Day Observance

Lake Murray VFW Memorial Day

Sumter Veterans Park Memorial Day Ceremony

Sumter Veterans Park Memorial Day Event

Tri-County Veterans Support Network Memorial Day Fundraiser

Tri-County Memorial Day Fundraiser

Walterboro Memorial Day Ceremony

Memorial Day Flyer

Cherokee County 2021 Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 31st

10 a.m.

Cherokee County War Memorial

210 Limestone Street 

Gaffney, SC 29340

Call to Order: Frank Sossamon III, Veteran's Council Chairman

Invocation: Rev. Wilbert Jamison

Pledge of Allegiance: Mr. Gary Martin, American Legion Post# 109

Lowering of the Service Flags: Gaffney High School Air Force ROTC

National Anthem: Blacksburg High School Brass Ensemble

Recognition of Gold Star Mothers: Linda Brown, VFW #3447 Auxiliary

Reading of the Names of our Fallen: Todd Humphries, Veterans Affairs Officer

Memorial Bell and laying of Wreath: Representatives from our Veterans Organizations.

Volley of Three: Marine Corps League Broad River Leathernecks #1194

Playing of Taps: Blacksburg High School Brass Ensemble

Benediction: Rev. Wilbert Jamison

Dorchester County Memorial Day Ceremony

On behalf of the Veterans of Dorchester County, you are cordially invited to the Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 31st at 10:00 AM in front of the Veterans Memorial at Parks Cemetery located at 1330 Boonehill Road in Summerville.

The ceremony will include the Presentation of Colors, laying of a wreath, and SAMS Bagpipes.

The guest speaker will be announced in the coming days.

Following the conclusion of the ceremony, a reception will be held at:

VFW Post 3433
10154 Bellwright Rd.
Ladson, SC 29456

The rain location is VFW Post 3433. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

All questions should be directed to the Dorchester County Veterans Affairs Office at (843) 832-0050.

Georgetown Memorial Day Observance

Georgetown’s annual Memorial Day observance will be held Monday, May 31st at the Veterans Memorial located at 715 Church Street. The ceremony will begin at 10AM and former Coastal Carolina University History Professor Barry Price will be the guest speaker.

A new U. S. Space Force flag has been added to the memorial and will be dedicated during the ceremony.

The Memorial Day observance is sponsored by American Legion Post 114 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6444.  The Veterans Memorial is located next to both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.

For more information, please contact Paige Sawyer at 843-546-3745, George Furbee at 240-298-1857, Jerry Lee at 843-995-0917 or Rodney Ward at 843-833-3700.

Edgefield County Memorial Day Observance

Edgefield Memorial Day Flyer Edgefield Memorial