Memorial Day Weekend 2013

memorial dayBrunswick Plantation & Golf Resort would like to thank all of those who have and are serving in our military.  We all owe you a great debt for your service.

hamburgerMemorial day has traditionally been the unofficial beginning of summer time.  School is letting out, people start swimming in pools, and the grilling and bbq season is started.   Americans are all about their barbeque, beer, and burgers all on open flame.Favorite foods to grill include hamburgers (73%), chicken (41%) and steak (40%).

While we all know how we celebrate Memorial Day it’s good to be reminded of what it is all about.  Memorial Day honors those perished while serving in the  military.  It was first known as Decoration Day, and began soon after the Civil War.  It became an official federal holiday in 1971. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family events and participating in parades.

beachHere are some local Memorial Day Events:

What | Gatherings with light refreshments and music, with each week focusing on a different service branch, with all veterans and active duty personnel invited to all the events.

When | 2-4 p.m. Thursdays through May 30

Schedule | Air Force May 23, and Coast Guard May 30

Where | Horry County Memorial Library Socastee branch, 141 707-Connector Road, off S.C. 707 west of S.C. 544, for free.

Information | 215-4700,


By | Shallotte Middle School KEYS (Keeping Every Youth Successful) program

When | 9 a.m. Friday

Where | Football field – or in case of rain, in gym – at Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Road S.W.

With | U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and Capt. Fred Gore, Paul Price, a retired sergeant from the U.S. Marine Corps, and music by Sheriff’s Deputy Ken Medlin and Shallotte Middle School Band

Information | 910-754-6882

Also | 5K/one-mile race, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, with room for 400 runners, for $15 advance and $20 day of race for 5K, and $15 and $20, respectively, for one-miler. Registration closes Friday.Gardens open at 5 p.m. for runners, and fee includes one-day pass to tour gardens at a later date.

Information | 235-6000, 800-849-1931

‘MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS’By | City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA Inc.

Special events include |

• 5K Run, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, beginning at Plyler Park, at North Ocean Boulevard and Mr. Joe White Avenue, free for military (active duty, reserves and veterans), otherwise $20.

parade• Memorial Day weekend parade, with Rocky Bleier, four-time Super Bowl-winning Pittsburgh Steelers running back, as grand marshal, 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, from 27th Avenue North southward to Ninth Avenue North.

• Family Picnic, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, on Ocean Boulevard, between Eighth and Ninth avenues North, with concert by the Andrew Thielen Big Band, and meet-and-greet with Rocky Bleier after the parade until 1:30 p.m. Free meals for all military personnel and veterans and families, including National Guard and Reserve personnel, and MRE – meals ready to eat – sampling.

•  “Veterans Beard & ’Stache Beach Bash,” 12:30 p.m. Saturday (registration ends 12:15 p.m.) on Ocean Boulevard, between Eighth and Ninth avenues North, with such categories as Full Beard, Trimmed Beard, Partial Beard, Styled ’Stache, Natural ’Stache, Goatee, for veterans, and for all women, Ladies’ Faux.

• Memorial Day Ceremony, with Grand Strand Patriotic Alliance, 11 a.m. Monday at Myrtle Beach Convention Center Plaza, on Oak Street at 21st Avenue North, with concert by Festive Brass of Myrtle Beach at 10:30 a.m.

• Second annual Myrtle Beach Memorial Day Tribute, to recognize veterans and active-duty military, 3 p.m. Monday at Grand 14 Cinema at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, including a performance of patriotic music, and screening of the documentary film “Swamp Fox: Francis Marion and the American Revolution,” produced by Rod Gragg with Coastal Carolina University video producers Dennis Reed and David Parker. Free.

Information | 918-1014


When | 4 p.m. Sunday

Where | Rourk Garden, on Main Street, Shallotte, N.C., across from Jerome’s Steak & Seafood

With | U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, speaker

Information | 910-754-4032


By | Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10420, 4359 U.S. 17 Bypass S., Murrells Inlet

When and where | Monday:

• 9 a.m. – Placing of flags in Belin Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery, 4182 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet

• 11 a.m. – Ceremony, at VFW post, with former S.C. Sen. Thomas Keegan, guest speaker, and food afterward

Information | 651-6900


By | Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 925 Grand Strand

When | 11 a.m. Monday

Where | Old Horry County Courthouse, on Third Avenue in Conway

Including | Reading of names at the Vietnam War monument and bell ringing

Information | 492-0005 or




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