Memorial Day Weekend starts tomorrow and Charleston and Summerville will have ceremonies and events to help us remember the sacrifices that have been made for our country. Before I share the events, I want to share an interesting fact about Memorial Day and Charleston SC. Did you know that the first widely publicized event for Memorial Day, then called “Decoration Day”, was held in Charleston to honor the Union dead in what is now Hampton Park.
Charleston had been a holding place for captured Union Soldiers and at least 257 soldiers died while in the custody of Confederate soldiers. These soldiers were remembered during the ceremony on Decoration Day which now is commemorated through Memorial Day and includes all fallen soldiers from all of the wars. The city of Charleston is still doing a lot to commemorate Memorial Day Weekend....
Memorial Day Band Concert Monday , May 27 3pm Marion Square Park, Charleston SC This year’s Memorial Day Concert will then star a patriotic performance from the combined Charleston and Columbia Community Bands, from rousing marches to Broadway show tunes.
Family Day at Marion Square Saturday, May 25 10am-3pm Marion Square Park, Charleston SC Family Day features fun activities for children of all ages and a midday performance by the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable Band.
Memorial Day at Magnolia Plantation Monday, May 27 9am Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston SC Free admission to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will be offered on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, to active duty military personnel and their immediate family.
Summerville Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 27 10:30am Summerville (Parks) Cemetary, Summerville Col. Gerald W. Musselman will speak at this ceremony honoring veterans and active service members, followed by a reception and fellowship. (Sponsored by American Legion Post 21)
Patriots Point: Monday, May 27th at 9am The Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will have a ceremony and wreath-laying at 9 a.m. It will be held at the Vietnam Naval Support Base Camp. Admission is free for all attending the ceremony. After 10 a.m., regular admission will apply to all visitors except veterans, who will receive free admission all day.