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Veterans honored at pinning ceremony Thursday

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The pinning ceremony, held at recreation center at the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. Source: WMBF Photographer Drew Hanson The pinning ceremony, held at recreation center at the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. Source: WMBF Photographer Drew Hanson

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – About 30 WWII veterans from the Army, Air Force and Navy were honored Thursday morning at a Mercy HONORS pinning ceremony, held at the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.

"It's an honor for us to receive this honor from Mercy Care and the Honor Flight," said Ed Walters, who served in the Navy. "Thank you very much South Carolina."

Since the program's inception in 2009, nearly 1,500 veterans have been honored, stated a representative for Mercy Care in a news release. There are over 34,000 veterans in Horry County.

"It's been a great honor to serve and also to be pinned by hospice," said Richard Bolton, who served in the Navy.

The ceremony was a way to say thank you to the veterans.  The veterans will embark on the Honor Flight Myrtle Beach next week – they will fly to Washington D.C. to tour the WWII memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and other historic landmarks.

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