Two Beaufort residents, both retired generals, will headline Beaufort County's annual Veterans Day parade Tuesday.
The parade through Beaufort is one of three local events honoring the service of about 39,000 veterans living in Beaufort County, according to county veterans affairs officer Carl Wedler.
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. George Crist will be the grand marshal of the Veterans Day parade, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Beaufort National Cemetery on Rogers Street. The parade will follow the city's traditional parade route along Boundary, Carteret and Bay streets before returning to the cemetery along Bladen Street, according to a county news release.
The parade will be followed by an 11 a.m. ceremony at the cemetery. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. John Ballantyne will be the keynote speaker, and the Parris Island Marine Band and Naval Hospital Beaufort Choir will perform, the release said.
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On Hilton Head Island, the local chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will host a ceremony at the Shelter Cove Veterans Memorial. The ceremony is open to the public and will begin at 10:30 a.m., according to a release.
The ceremony's guest speaker will be Col. John Peck, commanding officer of the Headquarters and Service Battalion at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, which provides administrative and support services at the installation.
In Sun City Hilton Head, S.C. National Guard assistant adjutant Brig. Gen. Darlene M. Goff will speak to the community's veterans outside Magnolia Hall. The ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m., will highlight Sun City's women veterans, as well as resident veterans who died in the past year. The event is open to the public.
The Sun City Veterans Guard, the Bluffton High School Junior ROTC, the Rudy Haumann Marching Unit, and the Sun City Singers will perform, according to a release.
Tuesday's events commemorate the 95th observance of Veterans Day. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as Armistice Day in 1919, honoring World War I veterans on the one-year anniversary of the armistice signed with Germany to end the war.
Armistice Day was made a legal holiday in May 1938, and its name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor military veterans of all wars and conflicts.
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