CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - America will honor the men and women who have served in its armed forces Wednesday.
The holiday dates back to Nov. 11, 1918, the official end of World War I. Originally called Armistice Day in 1919, the name was eventually changed to include all Veterans.
Several events are planned Wednesday in honor of those who have served:
Fort Dorchester Elementary Veterans Day Celebration
The day will begin with a breakfast for veterans and their families followed by a musical program. The event starts at 6:50am at the school located at 5201 Old Glory Lane in Summerville.
West Ashley High School Veterans Day Service
The West Ashley High School NJRTOC has put together a special program to honor Veterans. The program will take place around the flag pole in front of the high school at 7:50 a.m. This is an annual ceremony that our NJROTC puts on as their way of honoring and remembering the veterans that work at our school along with those in the West Ashley Community and around the world.
North Charleston Veterans Day
The city of North Charleston will host its annual Veterans Day tribute Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Park Circle. The keynote speaker is Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war Col. Quincy Collins, USAF (Ret). Prior to the ceremony at 9:30 a.m., a story swap will be held in the Felix Davis Community Center.
Summerville Veterans Day
The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 17 will host an annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Dorchester County Services Building at 500 North Main Street.
Beaufort National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony
A Veterans Day program will be held at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the Beaufort National Cemetery. The keynote speaker is General Dan McNeill, USA (Ret.)
Veterans Day Honor Memorial Ceremony – Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park
A ceremony will be held at Noon at Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant to celebrate Veterans Day. The ceremony will honor the men and women that have honorably served our country and protected our freedom. Presidential Candidate and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore will speak at 12:30pm.
Georgetown Veterans Day Parade
American Legion Post 114 and VFW Post 6444 are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families on November 11 at the Veterans Day Parade in Georgetown. The event is free and open to the public. We will be honoring Vietnam veterans by recognizing Major General "Jim" Livingston USMC (Retired) a Vietnam Veteran and Medal of Honor Recipient at 3 PM prior to the parade at East Bay Park in Georgetown. He will be presented the Vietnam War Commemoration 50th Anniversary Lapel Pin.
Free Admission for Veterans to Patriots Point
To honor their service to our country, all veterans will be admitted free of charge to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum on Veterans Day.
Free CARTA Ride for Veterans
Veterans and current military personnel will ride CARTA for free on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11. A military ID, service photo, a memento – such as a veterans cap – or other similar items will be enough to get veterans and current military on board at no cost. The free rides apply to all CARTA service, except Tel-A-Ride.