Patriots Point dogtags

Patriots Point will offer free admission to veterans Saturday-Monday. File/Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

In observance of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, many area groups, organizations and venues will commemorate and honor the service of America's military members with special events and activities.

Friday, Nov. 8

Flags for Heroes

What: The East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club will showcase a special display of hundreds of American flags in front of the aircraft carrier Yorktown.

When: Nov. 8-10

Where: Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant

Price: Flag sponsorships available

More Info: 843-270-6057,

Marine Corps Birthday

What: The LowCountry Leathernecks will celebrate the 244th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown. 

When: Nov. 8

Where: Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant

More Info: 843-697-9935,

USO Days

The Joseph Manigault House was used as a USO post during World War II. File/The Charleston Museum/Provided

USO Days

What: Experience the Joseph Manigault House as it was while it served as a USO post and Red Cross training facility during World War II. The house became a place for enlisted soldiers and the home front workforce to sleep, enjoy meals, write to their families, attend dances and play games. Uniforms, clothing, photographs and personal letters will be on view, and visitors can dance to '40s music or play horseshoes and badminton in the garden. Free admission for all veterans and active military on Monday.

When: Nov. 8-11

Where: Joseph Manigault House, 350 Meeting St., downtown Charleston

Price: Free for members; $5-$12 general admission for nonmembers

More Info: 843-722-2996,

Soldiers’ Angels

What: Volunteer with Soldiers’ Angels to supply low-income veteran families with food assistance at this mobile food distribution event.

When: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 8

Where: Elks Lodge, 1113 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston

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Veterans Day Reception

What: Veterans and their families are invited to stop by the library for free desserts in appreciation of their service.

When: 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 8

Where: St. Stephen Library, 113 Ravenell Drive

More Info: 843-567-4862,

Dozier Winds

What: The Village Concert Series presents the Dozier Winds, the 282nd Army Band from Fort Jackson performing selections from well-known composers that served in the military.

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 8

Where: Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 302 Hibben St.

Price: Free

More Info: 843-884-4612 ext. 229,

Front Lines to the Home Front

"Front Lines to the Home Front" combines letters, stories and songs to celebrate America's veterans. File/Monica Shows/Provided

‘Front Lines to the Home Front’

What: To honor America’s veterans, the Flowertown Players will present its patriotic cabaret “Front Lines to the Home Front,” combining local letters, stories, songs and history with the major military events of the 20th century to today.

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 8-9 and 3 p.m. Nov. 9-10

Where: James F. Dean Theatre, 133 S. Main St., Summerville

Price: $10-$20

More Info: 843-875-9251,

Saturday, Nov. 9

Patriots Point Appreciation

What: As a sign of appreciation of service, Patriots Point will offer free admission to veterans, as well as host several special events throughout the weekend at the Vietnam Experience exhibit and aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown. 

When: Nov. 9-11

Where: Patriots Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant

More Info: 843-884-2727,

Hunley Appreciation

What: In honor of the sacrifice and commitment of military service, the Friends of the Hunley will offer free admission for veterans on Saturday and Sunday.

When: Nov. 9-10

Where: The Hunley museum, 1250 Supply St., North Charleston

More Info: 843-743-4865,

Red, White & Blue Fall Festival

What: Hanahan’s seventh annual Red, White & Blue festival will feature military displays and re-enactors, kids’ activities, food and craft vendors, live music and additional entertainment.

When: 9 a.m. p.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9

Where: Hanahan Amphitheater, 3100 Mabeline Road

Price: Free admission

More Info: 843-266-0723,

Living History Demo

What: A Revolutionary War re-enactor unit, the 2nd South Carolina Regiment, 1775–1780, will present a living history demonstration to highlight the little-known fact that the College of Charleston campus served as a prisoner of war camp for American prisoners during much of the Revolutionary War.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 9

Where: Cistern Yard at the College of Charleston, 66 George St., downtown Charleston

Price: Free

More Info: 843-953-1420,

kid at Veterans Day parade

The city of Charleston will hold its annual Veterans Day parade downtown on Saturday. Dorchester County's parade is scheduled for Sunday. File/Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

Veterans Day Parade

What: Presented by the Ralph H. Johnson V.A. Medical Center, the parade will begin at Concord and Market streets, travel down East Bay and Broad streets, and end at Colonial Lake on Ashley Avenue. This special event will begin with the national anthem and an aircraft flyover.

When: 1 p.m. Nov. 9

Where: Downtown Charleston

More Info: 843-789-7230,

Veterans Benefit

What: The Pub on 61 will host a Veterans Day celebration and fundraiser for One80 Place, featuring a free BBQ meal and T-shirt for veterans, live music and an auction.

When: 2:30-5 p.m. Nov. 9

Where: The Pub on 61, 2366-6 Ashley River Road, Charleston

More Info: 843-737-0072,

Veterans Banquet

What: CAGE (Community Action Group for Encouragement) will host an evening of entertainment, information and inspiration to honor two local female military veterans.

When: 6-11 p.m. Nov. 9

Where: Greater Goodwill AME Church, 2818 N. Highway 17, Mount Pleasant

Price: $50

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Sunday, Nov. 10

Warrior Surf Oyster Roast

What: Fam’s Brewing will host its second annual oyster roast fundraiser for local veterans nonprofit Warrior Surf Foundation, featuring the Sea Pearl Oyster Stout beer release, all-you-can-eat oysters, music from BlueSphere and pop-up shops from area vendors.

When: 1-5 p.m. Nov. 10

Where: Fam’s Brewing Co., 1291 Folly Road, James Island

Price: $20-$25

More Info: 843-225-4646,

Veterans Parade & Celebration

What: Dorchester County will host its inaugural Veterans Day parade, beginning on Ridge Street, heading down Highway 78 and ending at the courthouse. There will be a fish fry, food trucks, kids’ activities and music from the East Coast Party Band, all followed by a fireworks show.

When: 2 p.m. parade, 7 p.m. fireworks Nov. 10

Where: Dorchester County Courthouse, 5200 E. Jim Bilton Blvd., St. George

More Info: 843-563-0100,

Monday, Nov. 11

Cards for Heroes

What: Drop by the center’s lobby to write meaningful messages and sign cards to be delivered to active-duty service members over the holidays.

When: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Nov. 11

Where: Waring Senior Center, 2001 Henry Tecklenburg Drive, Charleston

More Info: 843-402-1990,

Fort Moultrie battle in smoke

Revolutionary War re-enactors face the Charleston Harbor after firing a cannon from Fort Moultrie during a ceremony commemorating Carolina Day on June 26, 2019. File/Staff

Fort Moultrie

What: To commemorate Veterans Day, the National Park Service will offer free admission for all at the Fort Moultrie National Monument.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11

Where: Fort Moultrie Visitor Center, 1214 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island

More Info: 843-883-3123,

Veterans Day Tribute

What: This Veterans Story Swap and special tribute ceremony, presented by the Department of Defense, Veterans Day National Committee and North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, will feature keynote speaker retired Air Force Col. John Dorrian and music from the Charleston County School of the Arts Jazz Band.

When: 9:30-10:30 a.m. story swap; 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. program Nov. 11

Where: Felix C. Davis Community Center, 4800 Park Circle, North Charleston

Price: Free and open to the public

More Info: 843-745-1028,

Veterans Day Observance

What: The Dorchester County Veterans Affairs Office will present its Veterans Day Observance Ceremony, followed by a reception at VFW Post 3433 in Ladson.

When: 10-11 a.m. Nov. 11

Where: Dorchester County Human Services Building, 500 N. Main St., Summerville

More Info: 843-832-0050,

‘Blades of Thunder’

What: Special lecture from local author, historian and veteran W. Larry Dandridge, who will discuss his book “Blades of Thunder,” which is both an autobiography and a history of the Vietnam War, with a focus on the role of helicopters. Proceeds from book sales will benefit Fisher House Charleston, a home for military and veteran families with a loved one who is a patient at the VA Hospital. Light refreshments and a book signing will follow the lecture. Register in advance.

When: 10 a.m. Nov. 11

Where: Waring Senior Center, 2001 Henry Tecklenburg Drive, Charleston

Price: Free and open to the public

More Info: 843-606-7877,

Veterans Day Celebration

What: The senior center’s chorus will pay tribute to veterans who have served in all branches of the military with a patriotic program. Light refreshments will follow the performance. Register in advance.

When: 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 11

Where: Lowcountry Senior Center, 865 Riverland Drive, James Island

Price: Free and open to the public

More Info: 843-990-5555,

Salute to Veterans

What: The Charleston Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble will perform aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown.

When: 2-4 p.m. Nov. 11

Where: Patriots Naval & Maritime Museum, 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant

Price: Included with general museum admission

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Sunday, Nov. 17

9/11 Heroes Run

What: The veteran nonprofit the Travis Manion Foundation will host the rescheduled 12th annual 9/11 Heroes Run and participants can run, walk or ruck. This event will honor veterans, military, first responders and those whose lives were lost on 9/11.

When: 1:30 p.m. opening ceremonies, 2 p.m. race Nov. 17

Where: Charleston Fire and Police Department, 235 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island

Price: $31.50-$135

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Senior news clerk and staff writer Liz Foster joined The Post and Courier team in 2012 and, among other things, compiles events and writes the My Charleston Weekend column for Charleston Scene.