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
World War II Veteran to honor Lieutenant (KIA) credited with saving his life
Friday, May 28th
Contact: Long Gone LLC
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. 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
Web site: Aiken County Memorial Day Parade
Allendale Veterans Garden Party
Lancaster County Memorial Day Commemorations
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
Monday, May 31st
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
Greenville Memorial Day Ceremony
Vietnam Veterans of America Memorial Day Ceremony (Columbia)
Monday, May 31st
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
firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: (803) 297-1938
Lake Murray VFW (Leesville) Memorial Day Observance
Sumter Veterans Park Memorial Day Ceremony
Tri-County Veterans Support Network Memorial Day Fundraiser
Walterboro Memorial Day Ceremony
Cherokee County 2021 Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 31st
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