GREENWOOD, SC – Hundreds of people lined the streets in Uptown Greenwood Sunday afternoon for the annual Veteran’s Day parade. Following the parade, many people gathered for a special ceremony at the monument and then made their way to the Veteran’s Center for a reception.
The parade featured numerous veterans and ROTC units from both Greenwood and Emerald High Schools. The Emerald AFJROTC unit presented the colors for the ceremony at the monument.
The guest speaker was American Legion National Vice Commander James Holland, who once travelled 332 miles through South Carolina as the American Legion South Carolina Commander – on foot. American Legion South Carolina 1st Vice Commander Gene McDaniel joined Holland on his walk from Greenwood to Honea Path.
“It is important to not only remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but also their families,” Holland told the crowd. “We should endeavor to serve our veterans as well as they have served us.”
Holland noted that one in four of those who are homeless in America are veterans. Holland said 90% of homeless veterans were honorably discharged from the service of their country.