UNION — An estimated 1,000 people gathered at Foster Park to celebrate Labor Day and “Light Up the Lake.”
The Union County Recreation Department and the Union County Chamber of Commerce hosted Light Up the Lake at Foster Park on Monday after the event was postponed due to inclement weather on July 4.
The event opened with a performance by local Christian vocal group The Voices of Truth, consisting of Shon Morris and Ric Parham. Next, the Columbia-based duet Prettier Than Matt — Jessica Skinner (vocals and ukulele) and Jeff Pitts (vocals and guitar) — played a variety of country, rock and folk music while those in attendance enjoyed food and fun by the lake.
The event also included the raffle of a guitar signed by all members of The Marshall Tucker Band. The raffle was conducted by Union County Disabilities and Special Needs, with funds raised going toward a trip to the beach for DSN clients. The guitar was won by Rodney Inman, who was not present during the drawing.
The event also included a flag retirement ceremony conducted by Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts Troop 42. The scouts retire their flag annually, typically holding the ceremony in a different location each year.
Scouts cut the flag and placed pieces into a blaze as a narrator explained the flag’s meaning: The flag’s red stripes symbolize blood spilled in defense of the nation; the white stripes signify the burning tears shed by Americans who lost their children in combat; and the field of blue is indicative of God’s heaven.
The stars — clustered together — unify 50 states as one for God and country.
Following the flag retirement ceremony, the Labor Day event culminated with a gigantic fireworks display by East Coast Pyrotechnics and technician Mike Sumner.
Jessica Gallman, program director for the Union County Recreation Department, said she was pleased with the event, and she is glad the weather held off.
“It was a great event that we hope to make even better next year,” Gallman said, especially thanking Monarch Fire Department whose members were on standby during the event.
“Red, White and Blue” sponsors for the event were The Union Daily Times, The Timken Foundation, Founders Federal Credit Union, Lockhart Power, OurUpstateSC.info, and Ace Auto Salvage. The next level of sponsors known as “Firecracker” sponsors included Hometown Finance, Michael A. Glenn Funeral Home, Subway of Union and Dairi-O.
Additional sponsors included Union County Recreation Department and Union County Chamber of Commerce. Individual sponsors are listed on the Recreation Department’s website at www.unionscrec.com.