Honoring our war dead in Fort Mill & Tega Cay and what else you need to know for the week ahead

A look down into Veterans Park in Fort Mill. The U.S. flag is flanked by flags representing each branch of the U.S. Armed forces. In the background is a statue of a World War I Doughboy.
Fort Mill is holding a Memorial Day program in Veterans Park. (Photo: Michael Harrison)

The final Monday in May might be considered the unofficial start of summer in the United States, but officially it is when we honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave their lives in service.

Here’s how local municipalities are honoring those who paid the ultimate price in service to our country. Also, a look at other upcoming events you’ll not want to miss:

Fort Mill service

First, everyone should be aware that White Street will be closed between Main and Massey streets during the town’s Memorial Day service that begins at 10 a.m. Monday in Veterans Park at 106 N. White Street.

Speakers include U.S Army Col. Melinda Woodhurst, who will deliver a memorial address. The service will feature the presentation of colors, a wreath ceremony and retirement of colors.

S.C. Rep. Raye Felder of Fort Mill also is scheduled to speak.

Warning to anyone who can be triggered or disturbed by loud noises: A rifle volley is part of the program.

In addition to “Taps,” performances include the “Pledge of Allegiance” delivered by children from Kids Care Academy with Fort Mill Church of God, “The Star-Spangled Banner” will be sung by Riverview Elementary School student Lauren Roszack and Rebecca Harrell will sing “America the Beautiful.”

A 21-gun salute rifle volley is also part of the program.

Tega Cay services

The city begins to set a patriotic tone ahead of Memorial Day with a program at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the Glennon Center parking lot. Everyone is invited to join in a Circle of Remembrance before the national anthem is sung by Shelby Wade. The Memorial Day 5K and Family Fun 1 Mile Walk will follow at 6 p.m. (There is still time to sign up. Click here).

On Monday, a Memorial Day service will be held in the Living Memorial Gardens on Tega Cay Drive at 10 a.m.

Mark the calendar/reserve a seat

The SC Shore Club in Tega Cay is hosting the Paws of Life Celebration and Gala 6-10 p.m. on June 8. Get your tickets now for this semi-formal event that is helping the Humane Society of York County in Fort Mill save lives. The HSYC is a no-kill shelter that houses dozens of puppies, dogs, kittens and cats waiting for a fur-ever home.

There will be dinner, music, dancing and open bar, silent auction and more. Sponsorships are still available. Prize donations are also welcome.

For tickets or information on becoming a sponsor or donating prizes, call 803-802-0902, email contact@humanesocietyofyorkcounty.org or go to humanesocietyofyorkcounty.org.

Wait – there’s more?!

Cap Memorial Day with a sunset kayak tour of Lake Haigler at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. It’s a great way to cool off on a day that’s expected to be a scorcher in the 95-degree range. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

The cost is $15 ($20 for non-members) for a single kayak and $20 ($25 for non-members) for a tandem. All equipment and PFDs provided.

Click here to register.

For more information, call 803-547-4575 or email Sara Lee at SaraLee@ASCGreenway.org.

Finally, York County Council is holding a special called meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 to discuss a 2019-’20 operating budget and any possible changes to the county’s property tax rate. For more information, click here.


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