The Annual National Retired Military Golf Classic continued through Memorial Day week, with the Long Bay Club playing host to vets from throughout the country. Yet the celebration also marked the continuation of a long standing tradition on one hole of the course, with members of the community simply sharing their appreciation.
It all starts with a simple hug, and thank you. The community of the 14th hole gave back to those that have sacrificed so much in the military on the first day of June.
"I spent 35 years with Uncle Sam in the Army, and after 35 years they told me, 'you have to go.' And I said, 'But I don't want to,'" said retired veteran Lewis Keen.
"The people of this community just wanted to honor these vets, just make it special for them and give them their 15 minutes of fame," said Long Bay resident Jimmy Watson.
As the popularity of the 14th hole tradition has grown, it continued once again this year, where residents of the Grand Strand hoped that a little support could go a long way.
"This is just a lot of people giving back out of the goodness of their hearts, which is what I love to see," said Watson.