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11/11/2012 5:42:00 PM
Greenwood honors veterans
Chris and Regina Boyd join Ryleigh Holbert in holding an American flag and cheering on veterans during Sunday's Veteran's Day parade in Uptown Greenwood. After the parade was over, Chris showed Ryleigh the proper way to fold the Stars and Stripes.
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Chris and Regina Boyd join Ryleigh Holbert in holding an American flag and cheering on veterans during Sunday's Veteran's Day parade in Uptown Greenwood. After the parade was over, Chris showed Ryleigh the proper way to fold the Stars and Stripes.
The Emerald High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard presents the colors in Uptown Greenwood on Sunday.
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The Emerald High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard presents the colors in Uptown Greenwood on Sunday.

Brian King
Staff Writer


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.













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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Lynda Rutledge

It was a great parade and I enjoyed the program afterwards. I am so proud of Emerald High School for the participation of the AFJROTC and the Band in the festivities. Both of my girls did and excellant job.Wish a few more school bands would have joined in.

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Article comment by: linda childs

It is so sad that more people did not show support for their veterans today. These people were ready to give their lives to keep us free and now people are so complacent, they won't return the favor and support them after they return home in life or in death. No support at all.....shame shame shame......



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