If you live in an apartment in Ridgeland, SC, there are many Memorial Day events this weekend and next that you can take in around Beaufort County. Below are just a few:
The Exchange Club of Beaufort will fly 50 American Flags at 8 a.m. May 28 at Beaufort Towne Center on Boundary Street. The flags will fly until 8 p.m. Residents are encouraged to make a $20 donation to support veterans severely injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Donations will be used to cover the travel and lodging expenses of more than 50 injured veterans and their caregivers, who will be attending the four-day Lt. Dan Weekend, held in conjunction with the 16th annual Shrimp Festival in October.
The annual Beaufort Memorial Day Parade will be held at 10 a.m. May 31 with the parade beginning at Rodgers and Boundary streets in downtown Beaufort. The parade is followed by a traditional ceremony at noon at Beaufort National Cemetery.
The Ben Vandervoort Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association will form up at 8:30 a.m. May 31 in the AMVETS parking lot in Port Royal and convoy to the assembly area at Rodgers Street to march in the Beaufort Memorial Day Parade. The group will march behind a color guard of active paratroopers sent by the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. At the conclusion of the parade, the group will have a remembrance ceremony at the grave sites of Ben Vandervoort and Ruben Tucker.
W. Brown Marshel invites the community to his eighth annual community picnic from 1 to 4 p.m. May 31 to remember those who have served our country in the armed forces at 1814 Greene St., Beaufort.
ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Sandalwood Community Pantry will hold a Memorial Day barbecue from 1 to 5 p.m. May 29 at Jarvis Creek Park on Hilton Head Island. The menu will include: whole rack of ribs; half-rack of ribs; pulled pork, fried chicken, hamburger and hot dog plates that include three sides, a drink and dessert.
The annual Memorial Day observance, sponsored by the Hilton Head Island Council of the U.S. Navy League, will be at 10:30 a.m. May 31 at the veterans memorial on Shelter Cove Lane. The keynote speaker will be Rep. Joe Wilson, who represents the 2nd District of South Carolina.
The Sun City Veterans Association will hold a Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. May 31 in the town square at Sun City Hilton Head. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Select Jon Davis, son of Jon and Mary Davis of Sun City, will speak. The service will include a ceremony for those who have passed away since last May, a marching unit, a firing detail, a flyover and a Wall of Fallen Heroes.