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Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will host several Veterans Day-related events aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown.

Veterans Day is Sunday, Nov. 11. Here are 29 ways to commemorate the holiday around Charleston.


Remembering ‘The Unknowns’

What: Combat historian and author Patrick O’Donnell will discuss his book, “The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America’s Unknown Soldier and WWI’s Most Decorated Soldiers Who Brought Him Home.” This event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C.

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 8

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

Price: Free

More Info: 843-884-2727, patriotspoint.org

Flags of Honor

What: The Heritage Museum is selling Flags of Honor that can be purchased in honor or memory of a loved one. The flags will be displayed at the Heritage Museum during the month of November.

Where: The Heritage Museum, 101 Ridge St., St. George

Price: $25 per flag

More Info: 843-931-1021, dca-hc.com


‘USO Days’

USO Days

The Joseph Manigault House was used as a USO post during WWII.

What: During WWII, the Joseph Manigault House was used as a USO post and Red Cross training facility. Soldiers would attend dinners and parties at the home, play games and have opportunities to write home to their families. At select times, the museum will offer special USO-themed tours focusing on the house’s role in history and badminton and horseshoes will be set up in the garden.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 9-11; special celebration noon-5 p.m. Nov. 11

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

Price: $5-$12 general admission; free for veterans and active duty military on Sunday

More Info: 843-722-2996, charlestonmuseum.org

Military Magnet Ceremony

What: Military Magnet Academy will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony to honor military veterans in the community, including a parade and wreath-laying ceremony. Military branches, law enforcement agencies and first responders will have displays and representatives available. Veterans, students, graduates, parents and community members are encouraged to attend.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 9

Where: Military Magnet Academy, 2950 Carner Ave., North Charleston

More Info: 843-745-7102

St. John's High Lunch

What: The St. John's High School ROTC will host a Veterans Day program and lunch for veterans, including a flag ceremony of the 13-folds, guest speakers and a special performance of the national anthem.

When: 10-11 a.m. Nov. 9

Where: St. John's High School, 1518 Main Road, Johns Island

More Info: 843-559-6400

Trident Tech Veterans Day Program

What: In honor of the contributions made by United States military personnel and veterans, Trident Technical College (TTC) will host its annual Veterans Day program, with guest speaker Debanjan “Joy” Datta, a TTC adjunct professor, historian and Navy veteran.

When: 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9

Where: College Center (Building 920), Thornley Campus, Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Ave., North Charleston

Price: Free and open to the public

More Info: 843-574-6082, facebook.com/events/291695888348659

Animal Society Honors

What: The Charleston Animal Society will honor local military members with a presentation of 550 tickets to next weekend’s 19th annual Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast. Palmetto Warrior Connection, Palmetto Military Support Group, Joint Base Charleston will gift the tickets to active duty military, their families and retired military personnel. There also will be music and guest speakers. In case of rain, the event will take place in North Charleston City Hall.

When: 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9

Where: Military Memorial, Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave., North Charleston

More Info: 843-747-4849, facebook.com/events/2081816225465227

Boeing Celebration

What: Boeing South Carolina will present a special ceremony, featuring a presentation of Color Guard and the national anthem from the Fort Dorchester ROTC and Palmetto Scholar Academy choir, an invocation from the chaplain with Joint Base Charleston, raising of the service flags by veteran Boeing team members and guest speaker Army Lt. Col. (Ret.) W. LTC Larry Dandridge, a military historian and author.

When: 2 p.m. Nov. 9

Where: Boeing Welcome Center, 5400 International Blvd., North Charleston

More Info: 312-544-2000

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Veteran's Day Reception

What: As a special “thank you” to the men and women who honorably serve this country, the library will host a special reception with desserts for veterans.

When: 2-4 p.m. Nov. 9

Where: Hanahan Library, 1216 Old Murray Court

More Info: 843-553-0047, facebook.com/events/293375861218310

Benefit & Auction

What: Celebrate Veterans Day weekend as the local community comes together to help local veterans and their families in crisis, with guest speaker, U.S. Navy SEAL and veteran Carlos Moleda, heavy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails with Chef Brett McKee, and a live auction.

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 9

Where: McKee's at 139-B, 139-B Market St., downtown Charleston

Price: $75

More Info: 843-276-2840, bit.ly/2qo2CLD


Red, White & Blue Festival

What: The City of Hanahan will host its sixth annual Red, White & Blue Festival to celebrate and honor the nation’s veterans, featuring military displays, WWII re-enactors from the 36th infantry division, food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, magicians, local bands and more.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 10

Where: Hanahan Amphitheater, 3100 Mabeline Road

Price: Free admission

More Info: 843-266-0723, cityofhanahan.com/events/red-white-blue-festival

Patriots Point

What: In honor of Veterans Day, Patriots Point will offer free admission to all veterans on Saturday and Sunday.

Patriots Point dog tags

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is one of several venues offering free admission to veterans and active military on Veterans Day.

When: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Nov. 10-11

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

Price: $24 adult; $19 senior, $16 ages 6-11 years; free for veterans; $5 parking

More Info: 843-884-2727, patriotspoint.org

Friends of the Hunley

What: On Saturday and Sunday, all active and retired military personnel will receive free tours of the H.L. Hunley’s 7,500-square-foot interactive submarine exhibit, presented by Friends of the Hunley.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 10; noon-5 p.m. Nov. 11

Where: H.L. Hunley exhibit, 1250 Supply St., North Charleston

Price: $8-$16 general admission; free for active and retired military

More Info: 843-743-4865, hunley.org

Veterans Celebration

What: HonkyTonk Saloon will host a Veterans Day celebration, featuring food, music, vendors and a gun raffle.

When: 3-7 p.m. Nov. 10

Where: HonkyTonk Saloon, 192 College Park Road, Ladson

Price: $10

More Info: 843-569-6000, facebook.com/events/664133307321277

Veterans Banquet

What: The Community Action Group for Encouragement (CAGE) will host its annual veterans banquet. This year’s honoree is U.S. Army first sergeant James J. Wigfall (deceased) and the theme is "Save Laing Veterans Community.”

When: 6-10 p.m. Nov. 10

Where: Greater Goodwill A.M.E Church Life Center, 2818 U.S. Highway 17, Mount Pleasant

Price: $50

More Info: 843-884-3791, bit.ly/2SDGhqw


Fort Moultrie Commemoration

What: Fort Moultrie and Sullivan’s Island churches will offer free events commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

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Fort Moultrie will waive its admission fees on Veterans Day.

At 9 a.m., “Doughboy” re-enactors will be at Fort Moultrie to answer questions about life as a WWI soldier. “Doughboy” was a nickname given to troops in the American Expeditionary Forces during the war, meant to be endearing.

At 10:45 a.m., Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church will host a ceremony in the memorial park across the street from the church, including the laying of a wreath, a historical program, prayers and the playing of taps.

At 11 a.m., Stella Maris and The Church of the Holy Cross will ring the Bells of Peace, to acknowledge that “at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice was signed.”

When: Fort Moultrie hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11

Where: Fort Moultrie, 1214 Middle St.; Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church, 1204 Middle St.; The Church of the Holy Cross, 2520 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island

Price: Free admission day for Fort Moultrie

More Info: 843-883-3123, bit.ly/2m9xtas

Bells of Peace: A World War I Remembrance

What: Acknowledgement of 100 years to the minute that the armistice between the Allies and Germany was signed. A bell will be rung 21 times to honor and remember the more than 116,000 Americans who died in World War I, as well as the more than 200,000 wounded. The 21 tolls of the bell symbolize a high honor, based on the 21-gun salute.

When: 11 a.m. Nov. 11

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

Price: Included with general admission

More Info: 843-884-2727, patriotspoint.org

Veterans Day Celebration

What: This Veterans Day celebration will benefit the Lowcountry Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (LEAP) military services (veterans, active duty and first responders), featuring music from Return of the MAC, food, raffle prizes and more. BYOB.

When: Noon-3 p.m. Nov. 11

Where: Wharf 7 Amphitheater, 515 Robert Daniel Drive, Daniel Island

Price: $20 general; $15 veterans, active duty military and first responders; free for ages 12 years and younger

More Info: 843-723-0659, bit.ly/2ASgOm5

‘A Salute to Our Veterans’

What: This concert will feature patriotic music in celebration of those who served our country, performed by the Charleston Community Band and the Charleston Community Band Jazz Ensemble.

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

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

Price: Included with general admission

More Info: 843-884-2727, patriotspoint.org

100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

Historic photos of U.S. troops (copy)

American troops cheer after hearing the news that the Armistice has been signed, ending World War I in Nov. 1918. They are located on the front northeast of St. Mihiel, France. Similar celebrations took place all along the line where the Americans were engaged in an offensive.

What: In conjunction with Second Sunday on King, the Charleston Pipe Band (CPB) will mark the centennial of the end of World War I with a concert of traditional pipe music. The band's concert is part of a world-wide musical observance, coinciding with concerts in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, with some performances enlisting military and civic bagpipe bands to play the tune, “When the Battle is Over.” The CPB will sell poppy pins for Armistice Day with proceeds donated to the S.C. Chapter of the USO.

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

Where: Just south of the intersection at King and Calhoun streets, downtown Charleston

Price: Free

More Info: 843- 830-3233, facebook.com/events/672767883095972

‘Tolling of Lost Boats’

What: The United States Submarine Veterans-Charleston Base will present a tolling of the lost boats to remember the 65 Navy submarines lost in service to the country.

When: 1 p.m. Nov. 11

Where: Coastal Coffee Roasters, 108 E. 3rd N. St., Summerville

Price: Free

More Info: 843-875-5559, facebook.com/USSVICB

Warrior Surf Fundraiser

What: In honor of Veterans Day, Fam’s Brewing will host an oyster roast and beer release party fundraiser for local veterans nonprofit, Warrior Surf Foundation. There will be raffles for prizes, pop-up shops from local retailers and more.

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Warrior Surf Foundation co-founder and president Andrew Manzi was a Marine Corps Infantryman deployed several times during Operation Iraqi Freedom and found relief in surfing. 

When: 1-5 pm. Nov. 11

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

Price: Free admission; $25 all-you-can-eat oysters and first pint of Sea Pearl Oyster Stout

More Info: 843-225-4646, famularis.com/breweryevents

‘Patton, Rommel & Me’

What: Accomplished British-born actor Howard Burnham will be featured at the Lourie Theatre for a one-man stage performance of “Patton, Rommel & Me,” presenting three charismatic generals of World War II. Mr. Burnham will portray British Army field marshal Bernard Montgomery, American general George S. Patton and German field marshal Erwin Rommel. Event presented by the Dorchester County Archives and History Center

When: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11

Where: The Lourie Theatre, 206 North Parler Ave., St. George

Price: $25 (includes one free admission to the museum)

More Info: 843-931-1021, dca-hc.com

‘Comedy for a Cause’

What: Tony Kemp Productions and Rick Hendrick Dodge will present a military appreciation comedy show, a night of free laughter for military and first responders, featuring celebrity comedians Shaun Jones and Rollin Jay Moore.

When: 6:30 p.m. seating, 8 p.m. show Nov. 11

Where: HonkyTonk Saloon, 192 College Park Road, Ladson

Price: Free for military and first responders

More Info: 843-569-6000, facebook.com/HonkytonkSaloon

Aquarium Admission

What: Veterans and active-duty military personnel will receive complimentary admission with a valid ID to the Aquarium. Accompanying immediate family members will get half-off admission as well. 

When: Nov. 11

Where: 100 Aquarium Wharf, downtown Charleston

More Info: 800-722-6455


Ralph H. Johnson Honor

Portrait painting of Pfc. Ralph H. Johnson (copy)

Marine Pfc. Ralph H. Johnson gave his life to save his fellow Marines in Vietnam by throwing himself on an enemy grenade. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, and Charleston's VA Medical Center also is named for him where this portrait hangs. 

What: Charleston Progressive Academy (CPA) will host a special Veterans Day ceremony to honor the late Charleston native Ralph H. Johnson, a U.S. Marine that received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions in the Vietnam War. Johnson attended Courtenay Elementary School, which is now the home of CPA. The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Charleston is named in his honor. Veterans, students, graduates, parents and community members are encouraged to attend.

When: 9 a.m. Nov. 12

Where: Charleston Progressive Academy, 382 Meeting St., downtown Charleston

More Info: 843-720-2967

Tribute to Veterans

What: The City of North Charleston and Mayor Keith Summey will host its annual Veterans Day tribute, with keynote speaker Marine Corps Col. (Ret.) Tom Clark and veterans will be recognized with a specially designed commemorative coin. Prior to the ceremony will be a story swap opportunity for veterans to share memories and stories about their service. A luncheon will follow for veteran attendees that RSVP.

The Department of Defense and the Veterans Day National Committee have again selected North Charleston as an official regional site for the observance of the holiday. The city has received this special designation eight years in a row.

When: 9:30 a.m. story swap, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ceremony Nov. 12

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

Price: Free

More Info: 843-740-5801, northcharleston.org/news/veterans-day-in-north-charleston-a-tribute-to-our-veterans

Veteran with combat medals

The City of Charleston will host its special Veterans Day tribute in Park Circle on Monday.

Veterans Day Ceremony

What: The Dorchester County Veterans Affairs Office will present a Veterans Day Observance Ceremony with keynote speaker, Summerville mayor Wiley Johnson, a retired Air Force colonel. A reception will follow the ceremony at VFW Post 3433 in Ladson.

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 12

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

More Info: 843-832-0050, bit.ly/2D7YpTY

Veterans Day Celebration

What: The Lowcountry Senior Center will honor veterans who have proudly served the country from all branches of the military with a patriotic musical program. Light refreshments follow the performance. Event open to the community.

When: 1-2 p.m. Nov. 12

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

Price: Free, but advanced registration requested

More Info: 843-990-5555, bit.ly/2EfBg4p

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