CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Lowcountry will celebrate those who have served our country in uniform on Veterans Day this Saturday.
The day will begin with a breakfast honoring veterans at Royal Missionary Baptist Church.
Tickets to the breakfast are no longer available, but the event will feature Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle, the deputy director of the Joint Interagency Task Force South. Pringle is a Sumter native and graduate of the University of South Carolina.
In Charleston, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center's Veterans Day Parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Noisy Oyster at Concord and Market Streets.
It will start with a welcome from Dr. Flo Hutchison, followed by the singing of the National Anthem by the Laing Middle School choir and a C-17 flyover by Joint Base Charleston's 437th Airlift Wing.
It will continue west on Market Street to East Bay Street, then south to Broad Street, then West to Colonial Lake where it ends.
This year's parade co-Grand Marshals are both U.S. Army Veterans and former World War II POWs, Mr. Jack Lillich and Mr. Irving Bellow.
The town of Bluffton will hold its annual Veterans Day parade beginning at 10 a.m.
The parade is sponsored by American Legion Post 205.
It will travel through Calhoun Street and through the Promenade.
The Beaufort County Department of Veterans Affairs and the Beaufort Veterans Day Planning Committee is hosting the 2017 Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony.
The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. and follow a route through downtown Beaufort, beginning at Rodgers Street and Boundary Street, by the Beaufort National Cemetery.
Gardner Miller, World War II U.S. Army veteran, 503rd Parachute Infantry Division, will serve as the grand marshal.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.
The keynote speaker will be Colonel Glenn Blackburn (USA-Retired), 101st Airborne Division and 10th Special Forces. The Parris Island Marine Band will perform during the ceremony.
In the event of inclement weather, the parade and ceremony will be canceled.
North Charleston is hosting its annual Veterans Day tribute on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Park Circle featuring a keynote by CPT. Geno F. Paluso, II, US Navy. We ask veterans and the public to join Mayor Keith Summey and City Council in this special ceremony. Each year, over 500 veterans in attendance are honored.
The event begins at 4 p.m. on Friday and includes a keynote address by retired 1st Lt. Patrick "Clebe" McClary III, USMC. It's free and open to the public and plans to honor the 230 veterans who attend the College of Charleston as well as the veterans among its faculty and staff.
Dorchester County is hosting its annual Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday. The event will honor WWII and other veterans from Dorchester Ccounty. Local youth will tie yellow ribbons around the oak trees on the grounds. The service is set for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Badham Mansion located at 6188 Badham Road, Reeseville. The event is sponsored by the mansion owners and local businesses.
Several businesses will pay tribute to veterans at their participating locations. Here is a partial list of them in alphabetical order:
Applebees will offer a free entree for veterans from their special Veteran's Day menu. Simply show proof of military service, such as a U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, DDT214 Citation or Commendation, your U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, a Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) or your Veterans Organization Card.
Autobell Car Wash in North Charleston will offer all veterans and active-duty service members a free Ride-Thru Exterior car wash, or an equivalent credit toward another wash option.
Bonefish Grill will offer all active and retired service members with a valid military ID a complimentary Bang Bang Shrimp at all Bonefish Grill location.
The Friends of the Hunley will celebrate Veterans Day by offering free tickets to active and retired military personnel on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. Active servicemen and women and veterans will need to show identification for free access to see the world's first successful combat submarine and artifacts found onboard. The Hunley attraction also has 7,500 square feet of recently built interactive exhibit space. On the evening of February 17, 1864, the H. L. Hunley became the world's first successful combat submarine by sinking the USS Housatonic, but shortly after signaling the mission had been accomplished, the submarine vanished. It was located in 1995 and raised in 2000. Since then, a team of scientists have worked to conserve the historic vessel.
IHOP is offering a free order off red, white & blue pancakes for retired and active-duty military personnel on Friday, Nov. 10 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at participating IHOP locations. Veterans and active-duty military can receive them by showing proof of military service, including U.S. Uniformed Services ID Card, U.S. Uniformed Services Retired ID Card, Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), veterans organization card (e.g., American Legion, VFW, etc.), photograph of self in U.S. military uniform, wearing uniform, DD214, military dog tags, and citation or commendation.
The Joseph Manigault House will admit all veterans and active military for free. Uniforms, clothing, photographs, and personal letters from this time period will be on view. Visitors will be able to dance to 1940s music or play horseshoes and badminton in the garden. Children will be invited to start their own victory garden and learn about rationing. Visitors will have the chance to tour the house at their own pace with docents available to provide information and answer questions.
Shoney's will offer veterans and troops a free all-you-care-to-eat breakfast bar Saturday morning from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sticky Fingers Ribhouse will offer free barbecue to veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day. Vets and military members can enjoy a free pulled pork sandwich with baked beans and cole slaw during lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.) at any Sticky Fingers location, no purchase necessary.
Participating Taco Bell restaurant locations throughout the Charleston area will offer free tacos to those who donate to the Armed Forces Families Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping military families. Diners can purchase a paper icon for $1 or more and will receive a coupon for a free soft or crunchy original seasoned beef taco. The coupons are good for the donor's next visit and available while supplies last. The fundraising campaign continues through Nov. 21.
Texas Roadhouse restaurants will offer veterans a free lunch Saturday. All active, retired or former United States military personnel can choose from one of 10 entrees. Guests must show proof of service, such as military or VA card, or discharge papers.
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The day, observed every Nov. 11, was originally known as Armistice Day but was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 by a proclamation from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The date was selected to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany officially ended hostilities at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.