Honoring Veterans

The Palmetto Citizens Amphitheater was the setting for the 6th annual Blythewood Historical Society’s Veterans Day Celebration on Sunday.

BLYTHEWOOD – The 6th annual Blythewood Veterans Day Celebration opened with welcomes from Master of Ceremonies James Ard and Doris Coleman representing the Blythewood Historical Society & Museum.

Quilter Donna Royson, at podium, wrapped Quilts of Valor around these eight Blythewood and Fairfield County veterans, from left: Larry Francis, David Samuels, Truman Freeman, Roxann Henagan, Simon Kiser, Chuck Tombaugh, Ashley Wilson and Joe White.

The celebration, which lasted from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, featured Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, Commander of the S.C. State Guard, as guest speaker. Eight veterans from Fairfield County and Blythewood were honored for their service by being wrapped in Quilts of Valor by quilter Donna Royson. Maj. Keith Bailey (Ret.), a former Blythewood mayor, led those attending in the Pledge of Allegiance and later recognized members of the six branches of the military. Carolyn Lomas led the singing of the National Anthem, and her husband, Christie Lomas, recited the words to Johnny Cash’s Ragged Ole Flag.

The sometimes emotional program ended with the singing of God Bless America. A military helicopter sitting in the farmer’s market field then lifted off into a clear, sunny, windy fall sky. And everyone went home to the good life made possible by those who serve their country.

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