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Veterans Day programs scheduled

Posted: November 9, 2010 4:47 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County veterans will be honored for their service to country at two tribute programs hosted by local American Legion posts.

American Legion 195 of Lugoff and the Lugoff-Elgin High School JROTC will host their annual joint Veterans Day ceremony beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the school football stadium. Those attending are asked to be seated by 8:15 a.m.

The JROTC is in charge of the program, which will conclude with a review of cadets carrying a 40-by-60-foot American flag.

After the program, Post 195 members and cadets will board buses to Columbia to participate in the Columbia Veterans Day parade.

The James Leroy Belk Post 17, American Legion, will host its Veterans Day program Thursday at the post home on DeKalb Street with Col. Robert G. Young, the strategic plans officer, U.S. Army Central Command in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the keynote speaker. His speech will be titled “Third Army on the Move.”

Post 17’s program, co-sponsored by Sanders Stoney American Legion Post No. 203 and Roberts Dixon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5928, will also feature music performed by the North Central High School band. Participating cadet battalions will include Camden Military Academy, the Department of Juvenile Justice’s Birchwood High School, Camden High School, Continuous Learning Center and North Central High School.

Young began serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in April 2004, as battalion commander in the 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province. In August 2005, he became the active duty adviser to the U.S. Army Reserves in Garden Grove, Calif. Two years later, he became the integration branch chief for the 3rd Army at Ft. McPherson, Ga., which is in the process of consolidating to Shaw Air Force Base near Sumter. During the transition he became U.S. Army Central Command’s plans, exercises, programs and policy chief, a position he held until October 2009 when he became strategic plans officer in Afghanistan.

Among Young’s awards are the Bronze Star, five Meritorious Service medals, five Army Commendation Awards, six Army Achievement medals, two Armed Forced Expeditionary medals (Panama and Haiti), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (with two bronze stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism and Expeditionary medals, NATO Medal and the National Defense Service Medal (with bronze star).

Post 17’s most recent oratorical contest winner, John David Woolington, will recite “No, Freedom Isn’t Free.”

Holding with tradition, Post 17’s Veterans Day program will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, which is Nov. 11, the time and date in Paris, France, when the armistice ending World War I was signed.

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