Memorial Day events are planned for Georgetown and Andrews on Monday, May 30.
Memorial Day is a solemn national holiday to remember those American men and women who have sacrificed their lives during our nation’s wars and conflicts while defending our cherished freedoms.
Georgetown’s annual Memorial Day observance will be held Monday, May 30, at the Veteran’s Memorial, located at 715 Church Street.
The Memorial Day observance will begin at 10 a.m. and the public is invited to attend.
The Veteran’s Memorial is located next to both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts.
Retired Navy Commander Joe Bull will address those in attendance and share information on the submarine USS Tang. The USS Tang (SS 306) has a double connection with Georgetown since one of its citizens, Seaman Rubin Raiford, was lost at sea Oct. 25, 1944 and may have been the youngest sailor to have perished during World War II.
The USS Tang sank 31 ships before being sunk her self during the war. A second USS Tang (SS 563) was recommissioned in 1951 and another Georgetown native, Joe Bull, served on the USS Tang as her Engineering Officer and later Commander.
A Memorial Day Observance will be held at the Town of Andrews Memorial Cemetery. The observance will start at 10 a.m. and is hosted by Andrews American Legion Post 69. Commander Ed Jayroe of Post 69 invites all military service-members, veterans, fraternal organizations, Church groups and the public, especially our youngsters, to attend the ceremony.
The ceremony will be held by the large granite Cross in the center of the cemetery. The graves of veterans in the cemetery will be flagged in honor of Memorial Day. The flags are provided by International Paper and the Georgetown Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The flags are placed with honor by the Andrews High School NJROTC Cadets led by their instructors Commander John Snively and ABH1 Michael Antoine. Local veterans also assist with flagging the graves.
The Andrews Veterans Association led by Chairman Thomas G. Alford are expected to attend the Memorial Day Observance. The Low Country Veterans Group, led by Commander Reverend Franklin E. Rutledge are expected to attend. An Honor Guard will be provided by The Low Country Veterans, led by Sergeant at Arms Ernest Cole. Ms. Rebekah Hardee of the Andrews Church of God will sing our National Anthem. Pastor Eddie Hardee is expected to recite the Invocation during the ceremony.
The main speaker for the event will be Town of Andrews Mayor Frank McClary. Mayor McClary is a native of Andrews, who completed a distinguished 29 year military career in the United States Army, serving in the Gulf War and the War on Terror. His military education includes the Infantry Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, the prestigious Command and General Staff College and the Army’s Senior Service College. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (3rd award), Bronze Star with Valor, Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), Joint Service Accomodation Medal, the Department of Defense Badge, the Army Staff Badge, the Combat Infantry Badge (2nd award), the Expert Infantry Badge and the Army’s Parachute Badge. During his speech Mayor McClary will mention Staff Sergeant Darrius Dawkins of the United States Army, who sacrificed his life during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Commander Ed Jayroe extends a special invitation to Gold Star Mothers, who have lost a son or daughter in the military. Blue Star parents, who have a family member currently serving in the military are also invited to attend. First responders are welcome to attend and march into the cemetery with the veterans procession. Commander Ed Jayroe extends a “Welcome home” to all veterans and welcome them to attend the Memorial Day Observance.
For information about the Memorial Day Observance in Andrews please contact Post 69 Commander Ed Jayroe at (843)325-7740 or Adjutant Greg Bennett at (843)264-2406.