Blythewood will honor area military veterans with a celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at Doko Meadows Park, 171 Langford Rd., Blythewood.

The program will feature Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, commander of the S.C. State Guard, as guest speaker from 2 to 3 p.m. The event also will feature military exhibits, vintage military vehicles, quilts of valor and a food truck fair.

The free outdoor event will allow for social distancing. The town of Blythewood enacted a new face covering law last month, effective until Nov. 15. It requires face coverings inside commercial establishments and outdoors in crowded areas where it’s difficult to stay six feet apart.

The town previously honored veterans with a Purple Heart Day celebration in August. The Purple Heart was created in 1782 and is the oldest U.S. military decoration, and is now awarded to service members wounded or killed in defense of our country or during acts of terrorism.

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