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Paying our respects on Veterans Day in Beaufort SC
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Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans.
The holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on November 11th because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.
However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars.
It has a special meaning here in the Beaufort SC area because of our three military installations and also because of the large amount of military retirees who call Beaufort home. Our town has a parade. We also host a ceremony in our downtown Waterfront Park. Flags line the entrance to the sacred grounds of the Beaufort National Cemetery. Flags even hang from lighthouse at Hunting Island, to honor all of those who have served to protect our freedoms.
Beaufort truly loves its many veterans.
We celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
One day out of the entire year just doesn't seem enough.
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Lighthouse photo courtesy Lauri Jarman