Memorial Day ceremony set for Monday in Aiken at Veterans Memorial Park

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May 26—A ceremony to honor America's fallen military heroes will be held Monday, May 30, which is Memorial Day, at Aiken County Veterans Memorial Park in Aiken.

The program will begin at 11 a.m.

"Memorial Day is a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by men and women who passed away while in service to our country," said Joe Featherstone, a trustee of the Marine Corps League's James L. Hammons Detachment No. 939. "It coincidentally begins the summer vacation season, but it is not the reason for the summer vacation season."

The Hammons Detachment is the organizer of the ceremony.

Claude Davis, the detachment's commandant, will introduce the program, and Featherston will be the narrator.

Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon and S.C. Rep. Bart Blackwell, R-Aiken, will be the speakers.

The Silver Bluff High School NJROTC will present the colors.

Patriotic music also will be part of the program.

Limited seating will be available on a first come, first served basis, Featherston said.

Following the ceremony, there will be a rededication of the Vietnam War memorial, which was moved in April to Veterans Memorial Park from its location on Laurens Street near the old Aiken Department of Public Safety headquarters.

Veterans Memorial Park is at 1435 Richland Ave. E.