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Myrtle Beach honors service members during annual Veteran Day ceremony

Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 10:30 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2021 at 11:53 AM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The City of Myrtle Beach held its annual Veterans Day ceremony to honor those who have fought for our freedom.

The ceremony took place Thursday morning on the plaza at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The guest speaker for this year’s ceremony was retired U.S. Army Col. Elisabeth Litvin. Litvin started her military career in 1994.

She served in many leadership positions in Korea, Kansas, Iraq and North Carolina, including serving as Commander for First Battalion, United States Military Entrance Processing Command in Minneapolis.

During her address, Litvin spoke about being resilient when you decide to enter the military and the importance of honoring veterans whether or not they served in combat.

“Not every veteran served during a time of conflict, and not every veteran leaves with a combat injury, but every veteran serves their country when others could not or would not,” she said.

Also during the ceremony, the Rolling Thunder South Carolina Chapter 3 led the Missing Man Table ceremony to remember those who are missing in action or prisoners of war.

The table is set for six people, with an empty chair representing the Americans who are missing from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and civilians.

At Myrtle Beach Plaza a ceremony was held to honor our veterans and thank them for the work...
At Myrtle Beach Plaza a ceremony was held to honor our veterans and thank them for the work they do.(wmbf)

“It is a remembrance of those who have not returned, who are still missing in action, or prisoners of war and it’s a way for us to give back and remember who they are, what they’ve done and everything like that,” David Maxwell with the Rolling Thunder explained.

The Green Sea Floyds High School Junior ROTC also provided the color guard for the ceremony. The Festive Brass Band also played different ceremonial songs representing each branch of service. One by one, members of each branch were asked to stand up during their respective song, so they could be applauded for their service.

“I just want to thank all the vets, without you guys, and women, we wouldn’t be here today,” said Marina Lenard, a resident who attended Thursday’s ceremony.

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