The service and sacrifice of nearly 18,000 American veterans living in Beaufort County will be honored during several events Friday.
In Beaufort, county officials, local active-duty military personnel and other groups will participate in the annual Veterans Day parade. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and proceeds down Boundary Street toward downtown before turning onto Bay Street and finishing near Bladen Street.
A Veterans Day ceremony will follow at Beaufort National Cemetery, where Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address.
Edward Ray, the county's veterans affairs officer, said the event and others like it help local veterans feel appreciated.
"Our soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen deserve a great deal of appreciation for preserving our freedom and ... our way of life," Ray said in a statement. "The gratitude of our citizens means a lot to them."
On Hilton Head Island, American Legion Post 185 and the Military Veterans Coalition of Hilton Head will celebrate area veterans at 10:15 a.m. at the Shelter Cove Veterans Memorial Park on Shelter Cove Lane.
Marine Maj. Gen. Larry Nicholson, a senior military adviser at the Pentagon, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.
The Sun City Veterans Association will host a Veterans Day event at about 10 a.m. in the Pinckney Hall parking lot. Sun City Hilton Head's Quilts for Heroes group will present quilts to wounded veterans, and the Jasper County School District Glee Club will perform alongside the Sun City Singers.
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