Lowcountry events honor veterans Monday

info@islandpacket.comNovember 10, 2012 

  • The following offices will be closed Monday for Veterans Day:

  • Beaufort County administrative offices, drop-off and recycling centers, and library branches.

  • Town of Hilton Head Island, town of Bluffton, city of Beaufort, city of Hardeeville, town of Port Royal, town of Ridgeland and town of Yemassee administrative offices.

  • State offices.

  • Federal offices.

  • U.S. Postal Service.

  • Public service districts.

  • Jasper County School District office and public schools.

  • Jasper County administrative offices.

Although Veterans Day is today, many in the Lowcountry will observe the holiday Monday.

Most government offices in Beaufort and Jasper counties will be closed Monday, although Beaufort County public schools will be in session.

The Town of Hilton Head Island will conduct its annual Veterans Day observation at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Shelter Cove Community Park.

The Beaufort County Department of Veterans Affairs will conduct the county's annual Veterans Day Parade and the Veterans Day ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m.

The parade will follow the city of Beaufort's traditional route, which begins on Rodgers Street, parallel to the Beaufort National Cemetery. It will move along U.S. 21 toward the Woods Memorial Bridge and turn right onto Bay Street before turning right again on Bladen Street, in front of the Beaufort Federal Courthouse.

All marching units and other participants are asked to line up on Rodgers Street by 9 a.m.

The grand marshal will be retired Marine Lt. Col. William R. "Skeet" Von Harten, former Beaufort County Council chairman.

The parade will be followed by a ceremony at the National Cemetery on Boundary Street. Navy Capt. Joan R. Queen, commanding officer of Naval Hospital Beaufort, will speak.

Those unable to attend the events can watch them on the County Channel at 8 p.m. Monday and online on demand starting Tuesday at www.bcgov.net.

Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all who served honorably in the military. It was instituted as "Armistice Day" by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 to be observed on Nov. 11, in recognition of the armistice that ended fighting in World War I, which went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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