Orangeburg County will honor its veterans Monday, Nov. 11.
The program will start at 11 a.m. and be held at Veterans Memorial Park located on Riverside Drive across the street from the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce building.
The Veterans Day parade, which has been held the last couple of years, will not be held this year due to low attendance and participation.
The parade was reintroduced in 2017 after a 17-year absence.
The rain location for the event will be Orangeburg County Council Chambers at the County Administrative building on Amelia Street.
The keynote speaker for the Veterans Day program is retired United States Army Reserve Lt. Col. Broadus James Jamerson III.
The program will also honor World War II veterans Dan Wannamaker and Julius Wimberly. The Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School Band will provide music for the program.
The program will be hosted by Orangeburg County Veterans Affairs and the Orangeburg County Veterans Council.
A native of Orangeburg, Jamerson, 75, attended elementary school at Felton Laboratory School and Christ the King Catholic School in Orangeburg and attended high school at St. Emma Military Academy in Powhatan, Virginia.
Jamerson received three degrees from South Carolina State College: a bachelor of science degree in 1968, master's degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling in 1977 and master's degree in counseling education in 1978.
Jamerson was commissioned as a second lieutenant (ROTC) and was initially stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Additional military assignments include Fort Jackson, Korea, Granada and Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
After his active military service, Jamerson joined the staff of the Office of the South Carolina Attorney General – Child Support Division in 1976, where he worked for three years as an investigator.
He joined the staff of the South Carolina State Employees Association in 1979. Jamerson served initially as the director of membership and services until March 2000 when he was promoted to the position of executive director.
Jamerson has been involved in community and public service for many years.
He has been a member of a number of organizations including: Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity – Delta Chi Member Boule’ (Past Sire Archon); Edisto Lodge No. 39 of the Free and Accepted Masons (Past Chaplain); Epsilon Omega Chapter – Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (Past Basileus); NAACP (Life Member) – first vice president and Freedom Fund Banquet chairman; commissioner on the Orangeburg County Election Commission; and quartermaster at James Broadus Jamerson VFW Post 8166 (named after his father).
Jamerson is a recipient of the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast Community Service Award and the Order of the Palmetto in 2011. The Order of the Palmetto is the state’s highest civilian honor for service.
He also received the Samuel U. Roach Award (1998) Most Outstanding Post Quartermaster and the All State Award – Post Quartermasters Award from 1997-2011
Jamerson is an active member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Orangeburg, where he has been a member for more than 50 years.
He is married to the former Brenda Joyce Thompson of Marion and has two children and two grandchildren.
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