A local Memorial Day celebration to pay homage to those who died in active military service is scheduled for Monday, May 27, at the Alex Chatman Complex Auditorium. The Williamsburg County Veterans Affairs Office hosts the annual event. Past guest speakers have included John Spearman, Retired Army Veteran and Colonel Clarence Hilton, Chief of Force Integration Team, Deputy Commander for the Military Intelligence Readiness Command.
The Williamsburg County veteran population consists of approximately 2,500 vets. Veterans Affairs Director Robert McClary says veterans will hear some big news at the observance. Senator Ronnie Sabb and Williamsburg County Supervisor Dr. Tiffany Wright will make the joint announcement. “Senator Sabb and Supervisor Dr. Wright are going to have an announcement that is going to be huge for veteran resources in the future,” McClary said, withholding any details for the guests.
After the service, attendants will gather at the County Memorial Gardens on the front lawn of the Williamsburg County Courthouse for the laying of the wreath and the playing of TAPS, a bugle call, which by tradition is played at military funerals by the US Armed Forces.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the 24-note melancholy bugle call is thought to be a revision of a French bugle signal, called “tattoo,” that notified soldiers to cease an evening’s drinking and return to their garrisons. It was sounded an hour before the final bugle call to end the day by extinguishing fires and lights. The last five measures of Tattoo resembles TAPS.