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Grand Strand community thanks men, women in uniform

Hundreds show support for law enforcement officers at the Pine Lakes Country Club in Myrtle Beach. Hundreds show support for law enforcement officers at the Pine Lakes Country Club in Myrtle Beach.
15 Law enforcement agencies honored at the appreciation dinner with a special customized plaque. 15 Law enforcement agencies honored at the appreciation dinner with a special customized plaque.
Annual Grand Strand Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. Annual Grand Strand Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner.
HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Hundreds gathered Thursday to honor the men and women who go above and beyond the call of duty every day in our communities.

It was part of the first Grand Strand Community Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner.

The event Thursday was to simply say "Thank you" to the men and women in uniform who often don't get the recognition that they should.  

The theme for the event was "Positive community engagement equals success."

"I think a lot of people came together to make it successful and I hope that they feel the appreciation we have for them," said Solicitor Jimmy Richardson.

More than 250 officers and hundreds from the community attended.

Planning and preparation started back in April, and they wanted this event to follow the busy Bike Rally season. A gesture of thanks for their service and hard work.

"This community made a bold statement tonight by stepping up to the plate and telling law enforcement officers thank you for your commitment to us thank you for your dedication," said Kelvin Washington, South Carolina District U.S. Marshal, who was also the guest speaker for the event. 

Organizers honored 15 law enforcement agencies from the grand strand area, with a special plaque for the service to their communities.


"It is great for law enforcement to get out and be celebrated you know we are real quick and easy to celebrate military, but these guys are front line, too and certainly, locally and domestically we need them a lot more often," said Richardson.

Organizers say with the recent incidents that have shaken the public trust of law enforcement throughout the nation, they felt the casual, relaxed event was timely.

It opened the door to the opportunity to bring together law enforcement and the communities to talk to understand the different feelings that some people have of what's going on so for us to understand the community and for the community to understand us.

There was entertainment music, dancing, and a good pleasant atmosphere at the dinner, which kicked off with a reception, then program and ended with dinner. 


Organizers, made of community leaders, law enforcement officers, and volunteers say they are planning for next year as they want to make the appreciation dinner an annual Grand Strand event.

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