North Charleston hosts Tribute to our Veterans

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      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Hundreds of veterans will be honored at the annual Veterans Day ceremony in North Charleston.

      The city has, for the fourth time, been selected by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Day National Committee as one of two regional sites for 2014 Veterans Day ceremonies.

      The annual event is being held Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Park Circle from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Hundreds of veterans will receive recognition from Mayor Keith Summey and members of North Charleston City Council.

      Last year at the event, more than 500 veterans were honored.

      Before the ceremony, there will be a story swap at the Felix Davis Community Center where veterans will have a chance to share memories about their service. Veterans wishing to speak should RSVP to (843) 740-5850.

      All veterans in attendance who register in advance will also be recognized and receive a commemorative coin.

      Veterans are urged to RSVP no later than November 4 to (843) 740-5801, (843) 745-1028 or via email at Senator Tim Scott will be in attendance, meeting with Veterans at the Story Swap.

      New for 2014 is a photo display courtesy of the 1st Combat Camera Squadron. The photographs were taken from the perspective of the Air Force during past wartime strategic, operational, worldwide crises, contingencies, joint exercises and humanitarian operations.

      Lt. Col. Clebe McClary, USMC (Ret.) will be the keynote speaker. McClary grew up on a 10,000 acre plantation in the Lowcountry and coached in college until he said he saw students burn an American Flag in protest of the Vietnam War. He immediately resigned his coaching position and joined up with the Marines, completed Officers Training School at Quantico, and became platoon leader of the 1st Recon Battalion in Vietnam.During a recon, his battalion came under fire and McClary lost his left arm and left eye in the battle. Despite his injuries, he continued to lead his men and then continued his own personal battle with physical therapy through 30 major surgeries.McClary has been awarded several honors including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, and Order of the Palmetto.

      Lunch will be available after the ceremony.