UNION — The Union County Democratic Party wants to thank everyone who helped us honor our veterans at the All-American Banquet on Friday, September 29 at Veterans Memorial Park.
Veterans and their families were celebrated for their service to our country. Many community leaders and guests of both political parties attended the affair and enjoyed a special program, lovely dinner, and dance. The theme was red, white, and blue.
Nineteen veterans were given commemorative ribbons and a gift. They were announced upon entry to the banquet hall by Mr. Randall Ivey. They were escorted to their seats by missionary ladies from St. Paul Baptist Church.
Mr. Matthew Jeter Jr. was master of ceremonies. City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson gave the welcome. Rev. James Williams gave the invocation. The Union County High School JROTC, under the direction of Mr. Douglas Gilliam, presented the colors. The Union County High School Gifted and Talented Singers under the direction of Mr. Thomas Mancine, beautifully performed a number of musical selections.
Mr. Charles Lott Sr., Vice Commander of American Legion Post 22, gave a review of veteran affairs. A memory candle was lit in remembrance of veterans who are no longer with us. Rev. Charles Jennings did the blessing of the food.
The dinner, catered by Mr. Donnie Worthy, was served. Guest dined on ham, baked and fried chicken, rice and gravy, broccoli casserole, mixed vegetables, green beans, rolls, and assorted cakes.
Mr. Ronnie Lybrand performed inspirational music. Dr. A.L. Brackett introduced the speaker, former State Sen. McKinley Washington Jr., who delivered the keynote address.
Mrs. Ann S. Brown recognized political officials and candidates in attendance. She noted that Mr. Archie Parnell had traveled from Sumter to attend. Mrs. Brown thanked the Union County Democratic Party fundraising committee and all others who worked hard to make this a special night for our veterans.
Anyone interested in purchasing a $5 CD of the banquet made by Mr. Leon Wilson may contact Mrs. Novella Garrison at 803-984-2000 or attend the monthly Union County Democratic Party meeting on Monday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at the City of Union Municipal Building.