Thursday, May 22, 2014
Garden City Beach and Murrells Inlet veterans organizations are gearing up for this weekend's commemoration of Memorial Day.
VFW Post 10420 has two days of events scheduled.
On Friday, at 9 a.m., the post will join with students at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church school to place American flags on the graves of veterans and take part in a graveside service.
The students have been practicing the Pledge of Allegiance and patriotic songs and activities.
On Monday, the official Memorial Day, at noon, the post will rededicate its Fallen Heroes Memorial, the granite monument that holds the names of South Carolinians who have lost their lives in the war on terror.
The monument, the brainchild of the post's deputy commander Darryl Hammond, is the only one of its kind and was officially dedicated on Veterans Day 2013, with 109 names.
The post is selling bricks at $50 each to be placed in front of the memorial.
Proceeds from the brick sale will help with landscaping around the memorial.
Ed Piotrowski, chief weathercaster at WPDE, will be the guest speaker at the ceremony.
American Legion Post 178 in the Inlet turns its attention to helping Wounded Warriors on Monday.
At 8:30 a.m., an expected 84 Wounded Warriors from the Washington, D.C., area are scheduled to attend a breakfast buffet at the post.
The post's official Memorial Day service starts at 11 a.m. with Lloyd Woods, the state‘s Department of the American Legion adjutant, scheduled as the guest speaker.