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Memorial Day March a smaller ceremony, open to everyone

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Memorial Day is a day to honor those who gave their lives serving our country. But there are some changes to some tradition this year because of safety concerns.

The parade was held last weekend. But local veterans did not want to lose sight of tradition. So they organized a smaller march for Monday.

“The march allows us to symbolically follow in the footsteps of those who marched ahead of us,” says Jewels Strickland with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.

Local vets stress that we take the time to not lose sight of what is about. Monday's march won't have the bells and whistles of a parade, but it will allow veterans to quietly honor those who served before them. The march will start at 16th Avenue North and will end with a ceremony at the former Pavilion site at 9th Avenue North. Ocean Boulevard will be closed to traffic between those avenues during the parade.

“It's open to everyone,” says Strickland. “Every veteran, from every conflict, every service, every branch of service, anything you've done to serve your country, please come out, and this is your day to remember those that came before you.”

Any veteran that wants to join in the march, you need to meet at Pelicans stadium at 8:00 Monday morning. That way you can all shuttle to the start of the march together.

For anyone who wants to come down to watch, the march officially starts at 9:00 a.m. Following the march, at 11:00 a.m., the city is having a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony on the Plaza at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

And it's important to note, city leaders have stated they plan to move the big parade back to actual Memorial Day for next year.

Click here for details on the march and ceremony, and other Memorial Day events around our area.

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