Listing of Memorial Day events

May 27, 2010 


• The Exchange Club of Beaufort will fly 50 American Flags at 8 a.m. Friday at Beaufort Towne Center on Boundary Street. The flags will fly until 8 p.m. Residents are encouraged to make a $20 donation to support veterans severely injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Donations will be used to cover the travel and lodging expenses of more than 50 injured veterans and their caregivers, who will be attending the four-day Lt. Dan Weekend, held in conjunction with the 16th annual Shrimp Festival in October. Details: Angel Flewelling of the Exchange Club, 843-524-0142; Steve Danyluk of the Independence Fund, 434-409-0506;;

• A church service sponsored by the Women's Relief Corps begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 701 West St., Beaufort. The Rev. Wyatt Minton III will speak. A gathering will be held after the service at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, where flowers will be cast into the water in memory of service men and women who have died at sea.

• The annual Beaufort Memorial Day Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Monday with the parade beginning at Rodgers and Boundary streets in downtown Beaufort. It will follow the regular parade route. The parade is followed by a traditional ceremony at noon at Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary St., where veteran Don Murphy, chief of operations of the Memorial Program Service for the National Cemetery Administration, will speak. Details: 843-525-6689

• The Ben Vandervoort Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association will form up at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the AMVETS parking lot in Port Royal and convoy to the assembly area at Rodgers Street to march in the Beaufort Memorial Day Parade. The group will march behind a color guard of active paratroopers sent by the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. Any chapter members and other paratroopers, active or inactive, are welcome to march with the group. At the conclusion of the parade, the group will have a remembrance ceremony at the grave sites of Ben Vandervoort and Ruben Tucker. Details: Dennis Conlon, 912-897-3098

• The Beaufort Chapter of the Military Order of Purple Heart No. 1948 will conduct a Purple Heart remembrance service at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Beaufort National Cemetery. Members of the chapter and JROTC cadets from the Beaufort County High Schools will decorate each grave with a purple viola, read aloud each name and render a salute. All recipients of the Purple Heart medal are invited to attend. The service will begin at the gravesite of BG Jimmie Leach. Details: Glenn Blackburn, 843-838-9931

• W. Brown Marshel invites the community to his eighth annual community picnic from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday at 1814 Greene St. to remember those who have served and supported the military and community. Details: 843-525-6625


• Sandalwood Community Pantry will hold a Memorial Day barbecue from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Jarvis Creek Park on Hilton Head Island. The menu will include: whole rack of ribs, $15; half-rack of ribs, $8; pulled pork, fried chicken, hamburger and hot dog plates that include three sides, a drink and dessert, $5-$10. Children younger than 5 eat free. Details: 843-645-0935,

• The Hilton Head Choral Society will present "America Sings!" at 7 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway and 7 p.m. Monday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 24 Pope Ave. The show will honor America with folk songs, anthems and a salute to the armed forces. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at, various outlets and at the door. Details: 843-341-3818

• The annual Memorial Day observance, sponsored by the Hilton Head Island Council of the U.S. Navy League, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the veterans memorial on Shelter Cove Lane. The keynote speaker will be Rep. Joe Wilson, who represents the 2nd District of South Carolina. Details:


• The Sun City Veterans Association will hold a Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday in the town square at Sun City Hilton Head. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Select Jon Davis, son of Jon and Mary Davis of Sun City, will speak. The service will include a ceremony for those who have passed away since last May, a marching unit, a firing detail, a flyover and a Wall of Fallen Heroes. Details: Jim Quirk, 843-705-3491

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