Groundbreaking scheduled for Veterans Memorial

  • Monday, May 26, 2014

Georgetown County Veterans Memorial, Inc.(GCVM) has announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the Georgetown County Veterans Memorial will take place at 715 Church St. in Georgetown on Friday, May 30, at noon.

The 90-foot memorial will sit between the Georgetown American Legion Post 114 and the Georgetown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6444 on Church Street and it will consist of 10 granite slabs and 10 flag poles.

The lighted flag poles will fly the United States flag, South Carolina flag, POW-MIA flag, American Legion Flag, VFW Flag, and the flag of each military service (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard).

The granite slabs will be inscribed with the names of all Georgetown County soldiers and sailors who died during any of our nation’s wars. The slabs will also contain educational material that describes to how each war affected Georgetown County.

The Memorial is a joint project of the Georgetown American Legion Post 114 and the Georgetown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6444.

The Georgetown Hospital System is a major contributor since it was Commander Ford of the American Legion Post 114 that initiated plans to build a hospital in the late 1940s and appointed the first committee that helped guide construction of Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

Richard Hathaway, president of the board of directors of GCVM, noted, “We are grateful to VFW Post 6444, American Legion Post 114, Georgetown Memorial Hospital, and other early supporters of the memorial who have made the groundbreaking a reality, a major milestone in our quest to honor the special people of our Georgetown County who gave their lives in any of our nation’s military conflicts.

“Every effort is being taken to identify them so their names can be etched on the granite surface of the memorial.”

The ceremonial groundbreaking will be carried out by the Commanders of the American Legion and the VFW along with a representative from The Georgetown Hospital System.

Members of the community are welcome at the ceremony.

More information on the project or the ceremony can be found at www.georgetownvets.com or by calling Martin Alfonsi (Post Adjutant) ant 843-240-0249.

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