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Veterans Day Parade is this Saturday

Two of the parade’s grand marshals, Margaret Shaw (a 16-year veteran of the Navy in both World War II and Korea) and Maxine Burgert (a Marine staff sergeant from 1950-1953) wave flags as last years Veterans Day Parade gets underway. Photo Special to The Colletonian

A Veterans Day Parade will be held along Jefferies Boulevard Saturday at 11 a.m.

Sponsored by the Colleton County Veterans Council, the parade will honor the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard. The parade’s Grand Marshalls will be Veterans of the Korean War era.

“Our Annual Veterans Day Parade is held to honor all who served for our country, and to thank our veterans, servicemen and servicewomen,” said Colleton County Veterans Council Vice-Chairman Amanda Broderick. She added that the Grand Marshall float leading the parade will be Korean War Veterans, and floats sponsored by 20 other organizations and remarks from dignitaries will follow.

“The Veterans Day parade is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces,” Amanda emphasized. “Everyone is welcome to come participate and celebrate Veterans Day.”

Veterans Day coincides with Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are held in other locations around the globe. The day also marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. The majority of that war’s combat ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the Armistice’s signing.

A crowd-favorite float entered into the parade last year will again be featured in this year’s Veterans Day Parade. A World War II replica of the P-51 Mustang BC Razorback Model used by the Tuskegee Airmen when they trained in Walterboro before entering the war and participating in combat.

The model was constructed by Bernie Gahagan, who owns and operates the Gahagan Print Shop at 407 Carn Street in Walterboro. “I remember the planes flying over my head as a child while they trained in Walterboro,” Gahagan said Tuesday. “I came up with this to honor those pilots.”

Gahagan built the replica, which does not fly, out of lattice strips, and other materials. Aluminum printing plates were used to form the outer body of the plane.