Veterans Day

Five Points celebrates Col. Jack Van Loan

Statute of Van Loan and new art project dedicated at Centennial Plaza for Veterans Day

Five Points on Friday celebrated Veterans Day with a tribute to a veteran and war hero who has become known as “the unofficial father of Five Points,” Col. Jack Van Loan. Col. Jack Van Loan (seated) is surrounded by Rep. Joe Wilson, Five Points Association Executive Director Amy Beth Franks, Richland County Councilman Seth Rose, Mayor Steve Benjamin, S.C. Department…

Military vet to share her tale of grit and spirit

CeCe Mazyck of Columbia is paralyzed, but that won't stop her

Centra “Ce-Ce” Mazyck of Columbia is a paralyzed U.S. Army Reserves veteran, but she is anything but a helpless victim. In 2003, during a routine parachute-training jump at Fort Bragg, N.C., Mazyck damaged her spinal cord, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors told the University of South Carolina graduate she would never walk again. Columbia native Centra “Ce-Ce”…

Lexington County announces Veterans Day Parade details

Lexington County will host its 14th annual Veterans Day Parade this coming Sunday “to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans,” as well as the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the United Service Organizations, county officials announced Tuesday. On Nov. 11, the nation will celebrate Veterans Day to honor the men and women who served in the armed…

Black WWI soldiers honored at Historic Columbia site

Some local historians feel that black soldiers who fought in WWI have been forgotten and their stories left untold, and Veteran’s Day was the perfect day to come together and share those stories. These particular soldiers were honored at Historic Columbia’s Mann-Simons site. “Everyone talks about WWII, but it was really the soldiers of WWI who brought the nation together…

Columbia honors military at 37th annual Veterans Day parade

Columbia showed its gratitude to the military Wednesday during the 37th annual Veterans Day parade. Hundreds of participants marched down Sumter Street toward the State House in recognition of the efforts and dedicated service of veterans in the U.S. Armed Forces. JROTC groups from high schools in the Midlands, as well as veteran and wounded warrior groups and supporters of…

Local schools, students salute veterans at patriotic celebrations

Kids and teachers across Lexington and Richland counties were decked out in red, white and blue Wednesday as they welcomed parents and grandparents who bravely served their country in the Armed Forces. Area schools held patriotic assemblies to show their appreciation, and many invited veterans to a free breakfast. Kids waved flags, sang songs and even threw small parades in the school…