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Myrtle Beach hosts remembrance march this Memorial Day

Veterans and community members took to Ocean Boulevard to honor the men and women who gave their lives, so that we can live ours freely. (Source: Jenna DeAngelis) Veterans and community members took to Ocean Boulevard to honor the men and women who gave their lives, so that we can live ours freely. (Source: Jenna DeAngelis)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Memorial Day is a day when millions of Americans will pause to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Here in Myrtle Beach, a march of remembrance, and one that took some determination to organize and make happen.

Veterans and community members took to Ocean Boulevard to honor the men and women who gave their lives, so that we can live ours freely.

"Were honoring our respected fellow comrades and brothers who have passed away, those currently serving, and those standing around me,” said U.S. Navy Veteran Dennis McClealland. More than 150 veterans from every branch of service marched from 16th Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North to honor those who have served among them, and those who continue to serve because of them. 

"That made me want to strive to be more like them whenever I'm their age, god willing,” said Christopher Monte of the U.S. Naval Academy.

This first Memorial Day March, organized by a group of veterans, including the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, spoke volumes. Each veteran lined Ocean Boulevard to symbolically follow in the footsteps of those who marched ahead of them. From the wounded, to the proud onlookers, each face and footstep was in place, for one reason only. "It's called, respect,” McClealland said.

The veterans were pleased they were able to march Monday, especially after the traditional parade was moved from Memorial Day Weekend for several reasons, among them safety.

Local veterans hope to march each year. While there are no plans in place yet, the goal for the city is to get the Military Appreciation parade back to Memorial Day weekend. Whether that plan gets put in place, or not, leaders of the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association say they hope to keep this march happening every Memorial Day. If and when that happens, wives of veterans I spoke to hope the community shows a bit more support.

"The people of Myrtle Beach did not come out. It was very disappointing,” said Joyce Dreeland. “We were pleased to be here. Unfortunately, there were not enough people here to back our men," Dreeland said.

Stressing how important it is, we march on, in the future. "It represents America, it represents all our veterans, it represents what we stand for,” said U.S. Army Veteran Ted Sejda. “This is our country, and we're proud of it, and we do this to honor our fallen heroes," Sejda said.

The march concluded with a ceremony including words from presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, and Congressman Tom Rice.

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