Programs, events to honor Veterans

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Several area churches, schools and towns are recognizing and honoring veterans this week.

There will be a Veterans Day program at the Town of Williamston War Memorial this Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:20 a.m.

Following a program at Palmetto High School, the Palmetto High AFJROTC will march from the school to the memorial to participate in the program. Lt. Colonel Mike Creamer said 137 cadets will leave the school at 9:45 a.m. and march with a police escort to the memorial located on Minor St. at the ballfields.

“It is important that we recognize our veterans who have served this great nation,” said Williamston Mayor Carthel Crout.

Wren High School will observe Veteran’s Day on Friday, Nov. 11 with a special ceremony honoring veterans in the community. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 10:45 a.m.. and will be held in the high school’s gymnasium. All Veterans in the community are invited to attend and encouraged to wear their former uniform (or parts of it) and to participate. Names of the veterans present will be announced during the ceremony.

A reception for guests will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. in the high school library. “We hope you will be able to join our faculty, staff, and students as we recognize and honor all those who have preserved America’s freedom through their service in the Armed Forces,” a spokesperson said.

Cedar Grove Elementary will hold a Veterans Day program beginning at 8:30 a.m.

There are several Veterans Day programs and events scheduled in Anderson next Friday, November 11th to honor veterans. Scheduled are:

Friday Nov. 11, 11 a.m. – ‘Spirit of the Doughboy’ Ceremony at the American Legion Post 14, East Greenville Street. This ceremony will include the unveiling of the new Doughboy Statue, which replaces the vandalized statue. Foothills Community Foundation spearheaded the replacement project.

11 a.m. – Ringing of the Orr Lyons Mill Community Shift Bell eleven times to mark a special recognition of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

12 noon – Lest We Forget…In Remembrance, Anderson County Museum opens at noon on Veteran’s Day.

1 p.m. – Curator Alison Hinman will give a presentation on Corporal Freddie Stowers, the first African American awarded the Medal of Honor for World War I. The presentation will include discussions about the 92nd Division and the act of ultimate courage by Corporal Stowers and his delayed honor.

6 – 8 p.m. – An illuminating tribute honoring all Anderson County men and women who lost their lives in World War I service to our country. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, November 13th at 2 p.m. – The Anderson County Veterans Association will present a Veterans Day Parade in downtown Anderson.

For more information check http://www.facebook.com/pages/Anderson-County-Veterans-Parade/176770909048537?sk=wall

The event is now hosted by the Anderson County Veterans Association, contact Jodie Lewallen for more information.