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Memorial Day events held statewide to honor fallen heroes

Memorial Day at Patriots Point (Photo source: Naval & Maritime Museum) Memorial Day at Patriots Point (Photo source: Naval & Maritime Museum)
Memorial Day (Photo source: SC National Guard) Memorial Day (Photo source: SC National Guard)
Memorial Day (Photo source: SC National Guard) Memorial Day (Photo source: SC National Guard)
Memorial Day at Patriots Point (Photo source: Naval & Maritime Museum) Memorial Day at Patriots Point (Photo source: Naval & Maritime Museum)
Memorial Day at Patriots Point (Photo source: Naval & Maritime Museum) Memorial Day at Patriots Point (Photo source: Naval & Maritime Museum)
SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) -   With Memorial Day taking place on Monday, several events will be held to honor and remember those individuals who have given their lives in military service.

Leading up to Memorial Day will be Militia Day at Walnut Grove Plantation. This event takes place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate Walnut Grove's military history in the Revolutionary War. The Rangers will perform firing demonstrations, and children will have the opportunity to participate in militia drills and become honorary militia members.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1.50 for kids age 5-17, or $6 for adults and $3 for kids with a guided tour of the manor house, kitchen, and academy. Spartanburg County Historical Association members are admitted free.

On Memorial Day, a ceremony will be held at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum at 11 a.m. on board the USS Yorktown in Hangar Bay III. The cost of attending the event is free. Parking is $5.

For more information about Patriots Point, visit their website: http://www.patriotspoint.org/

Also on Memorial Day, the South Carolina National Guard will be supporting communities throughout the state as they honor those who have fallen.

“It is important to remember the stories of our fallen,” said Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr.,  the adjutant general for South Carolina. “It is by hearing the stories of these heroes, the men and women who sacrificed, that we gain an understanding that freedom is not free. We owe a debt of gratitude to them and the families they leave behind.”  

Among those who will be remembered are sixteen soldiers from the S.C. National Guard who lost their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom:

Operation Iraqi Freedom:

PVT Algernon Adams, 36, of Aiken, S.C.; CW4 Patrick Leach, 39, of Rock Hill, S.C.; SSG Jerome Lemon, 42, of North Charleston, S.C.; 1LT Andrew Shields, 25, of Campobello, S.C.; MSG Thomas Thigpen, Sr., 52, of Augusta, GA.

Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan:

SGT Stephen High, 45, of Spartanburg, S.C.; SPC Chrystal Stout, 23, of Travelers Rest, S.C.; SSG James Bullard, 28, of Marion, S.C.; SGT Edward Philpot, 38, of Latta, SC; SGT Shawn Hill, 37, of Wellford, S.C.; SGT David Leimbach, 38, of Taylors, S.C.; SSG Willie Harley, 48, of Aiken, S.C.; SGT Luther Rabon, 32, of Lexington, S.C.; Sgt. John "J.D." David Meador II, 36, of Columbia, S.C.; 1st Lt. Ryan Davis Rawl, 30, of Lexington, S.C.; Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bradford "Brad" Thomas, 30, of Travelers Rest, S.C.

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