The City of Bamberg will observe Veterans Day with a program at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Bamberg Civic Center.

Co-chairs for this year's event are Douglas and Lisa B. Stokes. All veterans, their families and friends are invited to attend this patriotic celebration.

South Carolina Adjutant General Robert Livingston Jr. will be the guest speaker. Maj. Gen. Livingston serves as the head of the Military Department of the state of South Carolina. He administers the affairs of the South Carolina Army and Air National Guard, the Emergency Management Division, the State Guard and the Youth Challenge Academy. The governor, by law, is the commander-in-chief, and the adjutant general is a constitutional officer with the rank of major general.

Livingston graduated from Hampden-Sydney College, earning his Bachelor of Science in chemistry. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in electrical engineering. He also earned a master's in business administration from the University of South Carolina. Livingston completed United States Army War College in 2001, earning a Master of Science in strategic studies.

He is president, CEO and owner of Gregory Electric Company Inc. headquartered in Columbia. Gregory Electric Co. is a provider of complete commercial and industrial electrical, utility and telecommunications services with operations in nine states.

Livingston and his wife, Barbara Flora Livingston, have four children and five grandchildren.

Douglas Stokes, a retired master sergeant in the South Carolina Army National Guard, said the city will honor several local veterans. The late Kenneth Carter Sr. and Lillie Marie Smith had five children who served in the military. Stokes said noted that Kenneth Carter Jr., Bryan O. Carter, Aaron D. Carter, Bridget M. Franklin, Yolanda L. Davis and Charlene M. Smith (deceased) all served in some branch of the military.

“If Bamberg has a ... family who has more siblings that have served than these five, we would certainly like to know about it,” Stokes said.

Along with Bamberg Mayor Nancy Foster, Livingston will also honor the late Brig. Gen. Jasper B. Varn Jr., who was one of the founding members of the Bamberg National Guard Unit.

Nancy Kemp Watson and Karen Herndon are spearheading a patriotic essay and poster contest in Bamberg School District 1. Those winners will be recognized at the Veterans Day Program.

Other program participants will include: Craig Walker, director of the Bamberg County Veterans Affairs Office; Paul Eubanks, presentation of the White Table and Military Memorabilia; Bo Griffin, who will make presentations to essay and poster winners on behalf of Home Federal Savings and Loans of Bamberg; Nancy Kemp Watson, who will recite patriotic poetry; the American Legion of Bamberg, which will have a display and Bruce Watson, who will preside over the program and sing the National Anthem.

After the program, guests will be served heavy hors d'oeuvres while listening to patriotic music provided by Stokes.

At 1 p.m. guests are invited to meet downtown at the corner of U.S. 78/301 for the city’s Flag Ceremony.

For more information, contact Douglas or Lisa B. Stokes at 803-682-3379/0538 or Bamberg City Hall at 803-245-5128. The Stokes may also be contacted at stok1156@bellsouth.net.

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