A Veterans Day observance ceremony is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11, at Orangeburg’s Veterans Memorial.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the memorial across from the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce on Riverside Drive.
“Veterans have made sacrifices with every intention of protecting the world we live in while giving us the opportunity to enjoy liberty,” Orangeburg County Veterans Affairs Officer Kenisha Grimes said. She encouraged the community to come out and enjoy the event.
Retired U.S. Army Col. Everett R. Jenkins will be the featured speaker.
Jenkins’ military interest was planted in Orangeburg by his uncle, retired Col. Harold A Jenkins Sr.; his brother, retired Col. Joseph Jenkins; and cousins, retired Col. Harold Jenkins Jr. and retired Col. Chris Jenkins.
He was commissioned in 1967 through the University of Scranton, Pa. ROTC. Jenkins chose the infantry for his line of duty and he went on to serve the next 22 years of his life in the U.S. Army infantry.
Jenkins served in Vietnam with 3rd Battalion 187th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.
He credits Vietnam for keeping him in the Army a few more years than he initially intended.
Jenkins has commanded several infantry units around the world but he cites his last two assignments as the most rewarding. These were service as an inspector general for the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, Calif. and professor of military science at South Carolina State University.
Jenkins is married to Lisa Thomas and the couple have two children: daughter Casey, who is a freshman at Clemson University, and son Kyle, a senior at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.
In addition to Jenkins, the ceremony will recognize veterans from the Korean War. About 23 people from Orangeburg County died in the Korean War and their names are listed on the memorial.
The ceremony is scheduled to include prayer offered by Williams Chapel AME pastor the Rev. Dr. Caesar Richburg, as well as musical selections from the Edisto High School Choir and drill team performances by the Edisto High School Air Force ROTC, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School Air Force ROTC and Lake Marion High School.
Orangeburg Mayor Michael Butler will provide the welcome.
The ceremony will also including the singing of the national anthem, the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, laying of the wreath and taps. Refreshments will be served after the program.