A salute to nation, military

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014

Clayton Stairs/South Strand News Conductor Carson Turner directs the Pawleys Island Concert Band through a rousing rendition of “America the Beautiful” during the event.

More than three hundred gathered to enjoy a patriotic evening saluting the nation and the military.

Sponsored by Council 11028 and Assembly 3272 of the Knights of Columbus, the event took place in the Parish Life Center of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

Sir Knight Jim McMahon, emcee of the celebration, opened the event, saying, “We are here on the 238th anniversary of the signing of The Declaration of Independence to say, ‘Happy Birthday, U.S.A.’

“We are also here to commemorate the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and say ‘thank you’ for your service.”

He welcomed participants to an evening of patriotic music by the Pawleys Island Concert Band under the direction of Carson Turner.

The program opened with a presentation of the Colors by the Marine Corps League Detachment 873, followed by representatives of the Midway Fire Rescue Department and the Fourth Degree Honor Guard of the Knights of Columbus.

Following this, guest vocalist Kyle Hughes, a choir teacher at South Brunswick Middle School and a music teacher at Brunswick North Carolina Community College in North Carolina, with the accompaniment of the Pawleys Island Concert Band, led the participants in singing the National Anthem. Hughes followed with a solo performance of the fourth verse.

During the band intermission, McMahon recognized more than 50 veterans in the audience who had served in World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, current members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and all service men and women who have served in other capacities and locations.

The evening program concluded with the band’s final selection, “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

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