Veterans Day parade, other events involved help of many | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 17, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 15, 2017 at 11:34 am
Last weekend was filled with big events for Colleton County veterans.
On Thursday, a service day was held at the National Guard Armory for veterans to seek assistance in VA-related problems and procedures, job seeking and other services.
On Saturday a 5K Run and Walk was held at Veterans Victory House, followed by the annual Veterans Day Parade on Sunday.
“With gratitude, the Colleton County Veterans Affairs Office and Council would like to thank all those who honored our veterans with your countless donations and participation during the Veterans Service Day. This was a community-based event and ‘Serving Those Who Served’ was our mission,” said Janet Smith, Colleton County Veterans Affairs Officer. On Nov. 9, 93 veterans were in attendance at the National Guard Armory. Several of our vets applied for VA benefits and employment, while others obtained their flu shots and received counseling regarding diabetes prevention, smoking cessation and mental health care related services. I want to extend a special thank you to SSG Ritchie and the service members of the Walterboro National Guard Armory, all the local churches, barbershops, the Victory House and Betty’s Tots Daycare for volunteering their time and helping us serve our veterans,” she said.
“The Veterans Day Parade got off without a hitch. We would like to thank our First Responders for their participation. ‘Duty, Honor and Sacrifice’ was the theme. These are common attributes which are shared by our military personnel who defend our nation’s freedoms and our First Responders who ensure our safety within our communities. During these events and throughout the year, I encourage all of you to take every opportunity to show your appreciation to all of our veterans for their service and sacrifice,” Smith said.
Among those who assisted with the events were:
SSG Ritchie-National Guard Armory, Columbia VA Regional Office, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston Vet Center, Service Members & Family Care Center, S.C. Department of Revenue-Columbia, S.C. Legal Services–Charleston, Veterans Victory House Nursing Home, S.C. Works, Signs Plus, Lowcountry Office Supply, Colleton County High School NJROTC, Herndon’s Funeral Home, Bank of Walterboro, DAV Strickland Chapter #55, The Press and Standard, Walmart Supercenter, The Colletonian, Clemson Extension Services, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Bethel United Methodist Church, St. Peters AME Church, Elk’s Lodge #1988, Disabled American Veterans Chapter #55, American Legion Post 93, American Legion Auxiliary Post 93, Calvert Smalls Catering, Mt. Zion AME Church, Koger’s Mortuary, Premier Riding School, Westbury ACE Hardware, Sand Hill Baptist Church, Carmichael Propane, DAV Auxiliary Chapter 55, Betty’s Tots Daycare Center, Palmetto Warrior Connections, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12102, Walterboro Church of God, Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, Carter’s Barbershop, Sheena’s Hair by Demand Thurston’s Barbershop, Southern Style Barbershop Hairitage Salon, Professional Barbershop, Hodges Barbershop, Shed Head Salon–Tina Tyler, Pitstop Barbershop (Frank), Before and After Salon, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Armentrout, Mr. and Mrs. James Frazier and the Tucker Family.