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Aiken’s Memorial Day Ceremony scheduled for Monday at Veterans Memorial Park

Dede BilesMay 27, 2019

The likelihood of heavy rain caused last year’s Memorial Day Ceremony at Aiken County Veterans Memorial Park in Aiken to be canceled.

This year, however, wet weather shouldn’t threaten the event because the forecast is calling for sunny skies Monday.

Organized by the Marine Corps League’s James L. Hammons Detachment No. 939, the ceremony is scheduled to return to the park and will begin at 11 a.m.

The event will last for approximately an hour, and a tent and chairs will be provided for attendees, said the detachment’s commandant, Ret. Marine Corps Sgt. Larry Frelin.

He added that people also could bring their own chairs.

Frelin will deliver the ceremony’s opening and closing remarks.

Ret. Marine Corps Maj. Joe Featherston, who is the detachment’s judge advocate, will serve as the narrator.

The keynote speaker will be Ret. Navy Rear Adm. Dean Sackett.

In addition, S.C. Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, and Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon will speak.

Cadets from South Aiken High School’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program will present the colors.

A band led by Barb Rollins will perform patriotic music.

The Fourth Generation will sing “The Star Spangled Banner.” Members of the group are Terina, La’trice, Chevelle, Leah, Samuel and Stephen Allen.

Ret. Marine Corps Col. Claude H. Davis III, senior naval science instructor for South Aiken’s NJROTC program, and Ret. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Harry Johnson, a NJROTC instructor at Aiken High School, will lay the Marine Corps League detachment’s wreath at the memorial in the park.

Frelin said a ladder truck from the Aiken Department of Public Safety would be at the ceremony to display a large American flag.

Veterans Memorial Park is at 1435 Richland Ave. East.

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