Orangeburg County will pause to honor those who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice to protect the nation with a Veterans Day parade and ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11.

“We are currently at war today, and we just lost four more service members,” said Kenisha Grimes, Orangeburg County’s veterans affairs officer. “It is imperative that the citizens -- the families, friends and dependents of veterans – support our veterans, who give their lives for our country every single day."

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the parking lot of the former Piggly Wiggly on Russell Street. Participants will begin lining up at 9 a.m. The parade will travel down Russell Street, ending at the Orangeburg Veterans Memorial Park at the entrance to Edisto Memorial Gardens.

Serving as grand marshal of the parade will be Orangeburg County’s oldest veteran, 99-year-old Harvey Fuller, U.S. Navy (Ret.), who served in World War II, Grimes said. Fuller will be driven by Tyrone Gilyard, a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After the parade, a short ceremony will be held at the memorial park. Mayor Michael Butler will lead a prayer, and a wreath will be laid at the end of the ceremony, Grimes said.

Numerous schools, businesses, civic and service organizations, agencies and officials are slated to participate in the parade.

Contact the writer: chuff@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5543.

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