More than 100 people turned out Sunday afternoon at Doko Meadows Park in Blythewood to help honor and remember military veterans, service members and their families at the town’s annual Veterans Day celebration.

The event highlighted the five branches of the military with a parade of veterans, patriotic music, guest speakers, presentation of Quilts of Valor, a poetry reading, and displays of military vehicles, weapons and models.

Major General Van McCarty, Adjutant General of the S.C. National Guard, encouraged attendees to model service members by making an impact on their communities.

“Take time to give back a little of yourselves to someone else who may need that help,” McCarty told the crowd.

Members of the local Quilt of Valor makers thanked four area veterans with patriotic-themed quilts to recognize their long service careers: James Beckham, Willie Entzminger, Carlton Payed and George Schork. Vocal performances by Vance and Jeannie Sharpe and a rendition of “Ragged Old Flag” by Christie Lomas entertained the crowd.

The 5th annual Veterans Day celebration was hosted by the Town of Blythewood and the Blythewood Historical Society & Museum.

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