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Celebrating Veterans


Veterans Day Parade

The City of Columbia’s 44th Annual Veterans Day Parade will be held, Friday, November 11.

The Veterans Day Parade, known as one of the Southeast’s largest Veterans Day parades, will begin at 11 a.m. from the intersection of Sumter and Laurel streets, and travel southbound on Sumter Street ending at Pendleton Street near the State House.

This year’s grand marshals will be representatives from the Women Veterans of SC and USC Military & Veterans Program.

The Veterans Day Parade is sponsored by the City of Columbia.

Free family outdoor movie night in honor of Veterans Day

Pineview Ruritan Club in partnership with Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church and Fun Flicks of the Midlands will show the movie Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero Friday, November 11. The event opens at 6:30 p.m. with the movie starting at 7 p.m., Mt. Hebron UMC, 3156 Leaphart Road, West Columbia.

Plenty of parking and FREE hot dogs & popcorn will be provided while supplies last. The movie will be outdoors so all families are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs for a movie night under the stars. WIS TV’s JOE PINNER will be the emcee for a program honoring veterans starting at 6:30 p.m.

This event is made possible by the following generous support from the sponsors who support the Pineview Ruritan Club for its work to support the community and to honor our Veterans: All American Heating & Air, Amsoil–Jean Skipper, Mama Henry’s The Backyard Café, and Thompson Funeral Homes.

New public television series gives glimpse into the lives of veterans

After Action, a new series highlighting conversations with veterans, will premiere November 11 at 9 p.m. on ETV and be distributed by PBS to public television stations throughout the U.S. Featuring seven, one-hour episodes. After Action documents the experiences of 21 diverse veterans from across the country. Hosted by Air Force combat veteran Stacy Pearsall, this powerful series reveals what life is for these American heroes before, during, and after action.

For combat veterans, the differences are outweighed by their common experience

Mike Miller, former lead historian and head archivist of the Marine Corps History Division, had the opportunity over a 34-year career to interview veterans who had served in all the nation’s conflicts over more than a century—the world wars, Korea, Vietnam, and such smaller actions as the “Banana Wars” in Central America.

At noon, Friday, November 11, Veterans Day, he will talk about what he learned from those hundreds of interviews in a program at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, 301 Gervais Street. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of the museum’s monthly Lunch and Learn program.

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