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Numerous Veterans Day celebrations and remembrance ceremonies are scheduled Friday-Sunday in the Charleston area. File/Wade Spees/Staff

In commemoration and celebration of our country's military service men and women: active-duty, retired and fallen, numerous events are taking place today and throughout the weekend for Veterans Day remembrances.

Friday, Nov. 10

City of North Charleston Program

WHAT: This Veterans Story Swap and special tribute ceremony in Park Circle, presented by the Department of Defense, Veterans Day National Committee and North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, will feature keynote speaker Navy Capt. Geno F. Paluso II and musical entertainment from the School of the Arts Jazz Band. The public pre-program Story Swap session also will include a military photo and video display by Joint Base Charleston’s 1st Combat Camera Squadron. The story swap offers veterans an open opportunity to share memories and stories about their service.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. story swap, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. program Nov. 10

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

MORE INFO: 843-554-5700,

Military Magnet Anniversary

WHAT: Military Magnet Academy celebrates its 20th anniversary this week and will host a Veterans Day program in the morning, in addition to being Student Recruitment Day with an evening meet-and-greet fellowship reception.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Veterans Day program; 6 p.m. reception Nov. 10

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

MORE INFO: 843-745-7102,

Veterans Day Celebration

WHAT: The senior center will honor veterans from all military branches who have served the United States with a patriotic program. Light refreshments follow the performance. Registration requested.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Nov. 10

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

PRICE: Free for members and non-members

MORE INFO: 843-990-5555,

Soldiers’ Angels

WHAT: Volunteers can assist Soldiers’ Angels in serving 200 at-risk and homeless veterans and their families, with 50 lb. of food for each.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-noon. Nov. 10

WHERE: Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center, 109 Bee St., downtown Charleston


College of Charleston Program

WHAT: To honor the military veterans currently enrolled and those among the faculty and staff, the College of Charleston will host a special presentation in the Cistern Yard, featuring keynote speaker USMC Retired 1st Lt. Clebe McClary, with a presentation of colors from Joint Base Charleston’s U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and remarks from college president Glenn F. McConnell.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Nov. 10

WHERE: Cistern Yard, College of Charleston, 66 George St., downtown Charleston

MORE INFO: 843-953-6684,

Veterans Day Benefit & Auction

WHAT: The Tri-County Veterans Support Network will host a benefit with chef Brett McKee, guest speakers Maj. Gen. Charles Baldwin and USMC Retired 1st Lt. Clebe McClary, a live auction and more. Proceeds to benefit local veterans in crisis and their families.

WHEN: 7-11 p.m. Nov. 10

WHERE: McKee’s at 139-B, 139-B Market St., downtown Charleston

PRICE: $75

MORE INFO: 843-814-1885,

Saturday, Nov. 11

Military Appreciation Day

WHAT: Volunteer boat captains will take active-duty troops out for a full day of free inshore fishing, followed by a Southern-style cookout for veterans and their families, with special guest speakers, live music, giveaways and more. Advance registration required.

WHEN: 6 a.m.-5 p.m. fishing; 6 p.m. dinner Nov. 11

WHERE: Rivers Edge Marina, 4354 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston


Red, White & Blue Festival

WHAT: This special family-friendly event in Hanahan will feature motivational and inspirational guest speaker USMC Retired 1st Lt. Clebe McClary, day-long entertainment with music and musicians, kids’ activities and jump castles, food and craft vendors and more, including military displays and World War II re-enactors from the 36th Infantry Division.

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

WHERE: Amphitheater, 3100 Mabeline Road, Hanahan

MORE INFO: 843-266-0723,

Patriots Point

WHAT: The museum at Patriots Point will offer free admission to veterans on Saturday and Sunday. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum has been designated as an official Regional Site for the observance of Veterans Day 2017 by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Day National Committee.

WHEN: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 10-11

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

PRICE: $22 general, $17 senior, $14 ages 6-11 years, free for ages 5 years and younger and veterans, $5 parking

MORE INFO: 843-884-2727,


WHAT: Experience the Joseph Manigault House as it was while it served as a USO post during World War II. Enlisted soldiers would use the home to sleep, eat, write home to their families, attend dances and play games with folks working here on the homefront. Uniforms, clothing, photographs, and personal letters from the war era will be on view and visitors can dance to 1940s music and play horseshoes and badminton in the garden, just as the soldiers did. Guests also can tour the home at their own pace.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11

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

PRICE: $12 general, $10 ages 13-17 years, $5 ages 3-12 years, free for all veterans and active military

MORE INFO: USO Day: 843-722-2996,

City of Charleston Parade

WHAT: The City of Charleston’s Veterans Day parade, presented by the Ralph H. Johnson V.A. Medical Center, 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 from the Laing Middle School choir and a C-17 aircraft flyover from Joint Base Charleston's 437th Airlift Wing. This year's co-Grand Marshals are Army veterans and former World War II POWs, Jack Lillich and Irving Bellow.

WHEN: 2:20 p.m. opening remarks, parade at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11

WHERE: Concord and Market streets, downtown Charleston

MORE INFO: 843-577-6970,

Sunday, Nov. 12

Vets Helping Vets

WHAT: The Vantage Point Foundation will present a BBQ cookout and cornhole tournament with live music from Eric Vaughn, a raffle, silent auction and more. The foundation offers a course in transitioning to civilian life, with individual and group counseling, as well as one-on-one mentoring for veterans.

WHEN: 2-6 p.m. Nov. 12

WHERE: The Rusty Rudder, 3563 U.S. Highway 17, Mount Pleasant

PRICE: $25 veteran and active-duty military; $30 general; $15 children; $60 to enter cornhole tournament

MORE INFO: 843-388-3177,

‘The General & His Doughboys’

What: The Summerville-Dorchester Museum, The Summerville American Legion Post #21 and St. Paul's Anglican Church will present “The General and His Doughboys,” a presentation about Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing and his NBC broadcast on behalf of The American Red Cross during World War I, appealing for aid to Nazi-oppressed Europe. Ticket price includes a pre-performance array of hors d'oeuvres and beverages from participating Countries of the War. War memorabilia from local families will be on display.

When: 6-9 p.m. Nov. 12

Where: St. Paul's Summerville, 316 W. Carolina Ave.

Price: $25

More Info: 843-871-1991,