Veterans Day Recap

Up and out early this morning as I made the trip to Bluffton, SC to be present at the Sun City Veterans Association, (SCVA) Veterans Day Service at 1000hrs. I have grown to know some of the members, especially Cdr. Jim Quirk and his wife, Cheryl. The SCVA has donated over 200 US Flags to our very popular “Tattered Flag Program” and Jim and Cheryl have made two visits to Aiken, delivering the flags. Jim invited me down and it was a great honor to be among close to 800 proud Americans who came out to pay tribute to our warriors under bright, sunny skies.

Cdr. Jim Quirk, smiling because the event was such a success

Among the highlights were:

The keynote speaker was Lt. Col. John M. Scanlan, USMC, ret., who provided a motivating and entertaining story that kept you on the edge of your seat….as he literally fell off the edge of his, (It was planned, but you had to be there).

Lt. Col. Scanlan describes how his F-18D was struck in the right engine by a Russian-made SAM..and how the jet kept flying!

Children from the nearby Cross School sang a song entitled, “Thank you, Soldiers” and I doubt there was a dry eye in the crowd. They were just magnificent.

The hour long event closed with the Sun City Singers performing “Say A Prayer For Our Troops Over There” and then we all joined in singing “God Bless America”.

The Colors being retired by the Rudy Haumann Marching Unit of the SCVA

After it was over, I spent some time chatting with some attendees and then got in the truck and headed South to Clearwater, FL, where I am now. Tomorrow morning, I will be participating in the ceremonial scattering of the cremated remains of several individuals in the Gulf of Mexico with my mentor and friend, Jim Rudolph, founder of Veterans Funeral Care.

There aren’t too many things that I would rather do than hang around with Veterans…especially those that love to tell stories. It was a great day and I would like to thank Paul Kitchens and Debbie Hobbs, both of whom work with me, for attending the Veterans Day Memorial Service in Aiken, representing our two funeral homes.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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1 Response to Veterans Day Recap

  1. Jim Quirk says:

    Ray it was great to see you. As a former journalist, I can say for certain you have great reportorial skills. It was a great day. We were blessed with wonderful weather, a great speaker and wonderful choirs. When you are responsible for planning these type of events, it is very satisfying to witness a great outcome. The greatest point of Col. Scanlan’s speech was that taking off the uniform doesn’t mean service to country and community should end. Service must be part of the fabric that makes this country great. All the best to you and your family. Jim


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