Phyllis Billingsley

Veterans Day has been recognized in several forms since 1921, when an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  The date of November 11 was selected in recognition of the day the end of that war was celebrated—“the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.”

Most American families have veterans—my Dad was in both WW 1 and WW 11, my husband was in the Korean Conflict, and my younger son recently retired from the U S Navy—he was a naval aviator and served in Iraq.

John McGinley, a long-time resident of Brunswick Plantation, is actively working for the Marine Corps League every day.  He says more than 25% of Brunswick Plantation homeowners are veterans.  One of the important purposes of Veterans Day is to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

The Marine Corps League here sponsors a golf tournament for veterans.  John says Mason Anderson, owner, and Bill Bernier, manager, of Brunswick Villas and our Golf Course, contribute both housing and the course for this important event.  The night before the tournament,  the Marine Corps League gives a dinner for participants and invites Brunswick Plantation homeowners to attend.  At the last dinner, there were 85 attendees.

The League also works with local service clubs in the Calabash NC area, sponsoring other activities for the Wounded Warriors.  This includes the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks.  These organizations are made up of people who support their community, their church, and definitely their fellow veterans, with meals, trips to Veterans Administration centers for medical and other purposes, and along with the Marine Corps League, provide flag ceremonies at local cemeteries and other places on Veterans Day.

The latest activity this dedicated group of Brunswick Plantationers undertook was participation in the Wounded Warriors Ride and Dinner.

We here at Brunswick Plantation are proud of our veterans and we know we have a stronger community because of them.

Locally a SALUTE TO VETERANS is being held November 13 at 7:30 pm at the Wheelwright Auditorium on the campus of Coastal Carolina University according to The Sun News (11.05.12). It is free, but seating is limited, so you need to get tickets from Wheelwright.  This year it has a special feature—a film on AMERICA’S FIRST VETERAN—the famous Swamp Fox, Francis Marion.  It is entitled “ Swamp Fox:  Francis Marion and the American Revolution.”  For those not familiar with this story, Francis Marion formed a band of guerilla fighters after the British took South Carolina in the Revolutionary War and waged a campaign across the state that is thought to have been a significant step in the victory of the Colonies over their imperial masters.  The Swamp Fox was the only serious opposition to the British occupation of the Low Country.  Rod Gragg, director of the Center for Military and Veteran Studies at CCU.  produced the film.  He has also been working this past year on a project to record oral histories from the area’s veterans.  (Thanks to the Sun News for this information).

So fly your flag proudly this week as we salute both our own Brunswick Plantation veterans, but also all veterans of all our wars and conflicts.



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