UNION — While Veterans Day is still more than a month away the Union County Democratic Party is inviting the public to join them for an “All American Banquet Honoring Our Veterans” this Friday at Veterans Memorial Park.
In announcing the banquet, Union County Democratic Party Chair Ann Stevens said that it will be a “celebration and thanks to all of our veterans who have served, scarificed, and (are) still serving to keep us safe at home and abroad.”
The banquet, which will get under way at 6 p.m. will be opened by Master of Ceremonies Matthew Jeter Jr. followed by the welcome delivered by City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson.
This will be followed by the entrance and seating of the veterans. (Those in attendance are asked to stand during this part of the ceremony.)
There will then be the Presentation of the Colors by the Union County High School JROTC and Douglas Gilliam.
This will be followed by the Occasion presented by William Rochester; musical selections by the Gifted Singers and Thomas Mancine; and a presenation on Veterans Affairs by American Legion Post 22 Vice Commander Charles Lott Sr.
There will then be the “Lighting of Memory Candle” and a “Silent Moment of Prayer.”
Rev. Charlie Jennings will then deliver the blessing of the food.
Dinner will then be served and the menu will include ham, baked chicken, fried chicken, rice and gravy, vegetable medley, green beans, sliced tomatoes, rolls, assorted desserts, and tea and water.
After dinner, Dr. A.L. Brackett will introduce the speaker with the introduction followed by a musical selection performed by Ronnie Lybrand.
The keynote address will be delivered by the Rev. Dr. McKinley Washington, Jr. Dr. Washington is a former state senator and retired as pastor of Edisto Presbyterian Church, USA on Edisto Island, after 50 years of service. Washington is the first African-American in South Carolina to have a major bridge named for him, a connector from the mainland to Edisto Island called “The McKinley Washington Bridge.” In addition, “The McKinley Washington Auditorium” at the University of Charleston’s Avery Institute is also named in Washington’s honor.
Following the keynote address, Ann S. Brown will deliver recognitions and remarks and then Washington will deliver the closing remarks.
Donation is $30.
Please see any member of the Union County Democratic Party for tickets or contact Rosemary Rice at 864-426-6518 or Carolyn Glenn at 864-429-9392.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.