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Memorial Day events honor soldiers' sacrifice

Cpl. Kyle Schlick of the Parris Island Marine Band plays "Taps" during last year's Memorial Day ceremony at Beaufort National Cemetery. This year's ceremony will begin at noon Monday.
Cpl. Kyle Schlick of the Parris Island Marine Band plays "Taps" during last year's Memorial Day ceremony at Beaufort National Cemetery. This year's ceremony will begin at noon Monday. File/The Beaufort Gazette

Patriotism is alive and well in Beaufort County as hundreds of children, veterans groups and families prepare for the Memorial Day celebration.

Eight school classes and groups, totaling more than 540 children, as well as three families are following a tradition of placing American flags on the 7,000 headstones at Beaufort National Cemetery through Friday.

Lady's Island Intermediate and Middle School students, who have been studying the 26th Regiment of African-American soldiers which fought in the Civil War, will lay a wreath in their honor, said Ken Dickman, a teacher at the school.

Those who died at sea will be remembered at a special ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday when the Women's Relief Corps and Sons and Daughters of War Veterans hold their Memorial Day Celebration at Grace Chapel AME Church, 502 Charles St. in Beaufort. U.S. Navy Capt. Joan Queen, MSC, commanding officer of Beaufort Naval Hospital will speak. Following the service, the group will cast flowers into the water.

Veterans, past and present, will be remembered and saluted Monday during the 2011 Memorial Day Celebration in Beaufort County.

In downtown Beaufort, the celebration begins with a Purple Heart remembrance service at 9:30 a.m. at Beaufort National Cemetery sponsored by the Colonel Jimmie H. Leach Memorial Chapter of the Lowcountry No. 1948. JROTC cadets from Beaufort County high schools will decorate each grave with a purple viola, read aloud each name and render a salute. Recipients of the Purple Heart medal are invited. The service will begin at the gravesite of B.G. Jimmie Leach. Details: 843-838-9931

The Beaufort Memorial Day Parade line up begins at 9 a.m., followed by the parade at 10 a.m. The parade begins downtown at Rogers and Boundary streets and follows the regular route. The annual Memorial Day Ceremony begins at noon in the Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary St. in Beaufort. Lt. Col. Joseph Walker, a Beaufort native, will speak.

Events in Beaufort County include:

BLUFFTON

  • Discussion of tribute to military by Lt. Arthur Nelson Thornhill, author of "Fly Away Old Glory on Wings of Hope": 4 p.m. Saturday, Books & Brew, 198 Okatie Village Drive, off U.S. 278, Bluffton. Details: 843-341-5491
  • BEAUFORT

  • Women's Relief Corps and Sons and Daughters of War Veterans Memorial Day Celebration: 3 p.m. Sunday, Grace Chapel AME Church, 502 Charles St., Beaufort. Speaker is U.S. Navy Capt. Joan Queen, MSC, commanding officer of Beaufort Naval Hospital. Following the service the group will gather in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, where flowers will be cast into the water in memory of service members who died at sea.
  • Robert Smalls Association Pre-Memorial Day Dance: 9 p.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday, Quality Inn, U.S. 21, Beaufort. Music will be provided by DJ Brainstorm with light hors d'oeuvres. Cost is $15. Money raised benefits the association's scholarship fund. Details: Edgar Williams, 843-846-8629; Linda Robinson, 843-521-4490
  • The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort commemoration of the memory of men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military: 10 a.m. Sunday, 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island. Those attending are invited to bring photos, mementos and stories of loved ones to be recognized during the service. Details: 843-838-1399
  • Colonel Jimmie H. Leach Memorial Chapter of the Lowcountry No. 1948 Purple Heart remembrance service: 9:30 a.m. Monday, Beaufort National Cemetery. Details: 843-838-9931
  • Beaufort's 2011 Memorial Day Celebration: parade line up at 9 a.m. Monday. Parade begins at 10 a.m. through downtown Beaufort. At noon, the Memorial Day Ceremony will be held in Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary St. Details: 843-525-6689
  • W. Brown Marshel's 10th Memorial Day Community Picnic: 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, 1814 Greene St., Beaufort. Details: 843-525-6625
  • HILTON HEAD ISLAND

  • Hilton Head Area Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will help put American flags on the graves of each veteran, the entryway and roadway at Six Oaks Cemetery in Sea Pines at 9 a.m. today. Details: 843-671-1343, ext. 131
  • The annual Memorial Day observance with special recognition of World War II veterans: 10:30 a.m., Veterans Memorial Park on Shelter Cove Lane. Sponsored by the Hilton Head Island Council of the U.S. Navy League. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Jon Davis will speak. Hilton Head Island High School Navy JROTC will provide the color guard. Details: Gene Sullivan, 843-384-0964
  • SUN CITY HILTON HEAD

  • Sun City Veterans Association's Memorial Day service: 10 a.m. Monday, town square at Sun City Hilton Head. Guest speaker will be retired Army Col. Glenn Frazier, who survived the Bataan Death March during World War II. The event will include a service for those who have died since last May, including honoring surviving spouses, a marching unit, color guard and firing detail. Details: Larry Bonner, 843-705-0993
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