Veterans honored with parade, remembrance

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Several hundred people attended a Wreath laying and remembrance program which was held following the area’s inaugural Veterans Day Parade Saturday. (Photo by John Mangum)

The parade started at Suntrust Bank on Hamilton St. and proceeded from Greenville Dr. to East Main and then to Minor St. It ended at the Veterans Memorial located at the ballfields on Minor St.

Ted Mattison, an Air Force Veteran, gave the invocation. Vietnam Veteran Mike Copeland spoke of fallen comrades whose names are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

A medley of anthems of each branch of service was then played, followed by a Laying of the Wreath in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate price in serving their country.

The names of local servicemen who paid that price were read and each name was accompanied by a bell toll from the town’s antique fire engine.

The Palmetto High School AFJROTC participated in the parade and program. Williamston Mayor Mack Durham also participated in the ceremony.

The parade and program were planned and organized by Veteran Mike Gowan, Palmetto High AFJROTC commander Lt. Col. Mike Creamer, and Veteran Mike Copeland.