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The Williamsburg County Memorial Day Service was held May 26, at the Alex Chatman Auditorium and featured guest speaker Williamsburg County Supervisor Dr. Tiffany Wright. The laying of the wreath and playing of TAPS took place on the Williamsburg County Courthouse lawn. See more photos online at kingstreenews.com in our photo gallery.

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The Williamsburg County Memorial Day Service was held May 26, at the Alex Chatman Auditorium and featured guest speaker Williamsburg County Supervisor Dr. Tiffany Wright. She talked about honoring those who sacrificed for your freedom. She also announced, that after 10 years of work, the future of a complex that will benefit our veterans is in the works.

The building will combine Veterans Affair, the American Legion, and the VFW under one roof. Tentatively called The Veteran’s Reception Center, it will include a workout room, computer lab, kitchen, meeting space, and temporary bunkrooms for displaced vets as a result of a disaster. “All of this went into us determining what would be best for our veterans,” said Wright. “If we don’t take care of them, nobody will take care of them.”

Williamsburg County Veterans Affairs Director Robert McClary said the idea began with a group of men who went to then Senator Yancey McGill asking for the funding. Since then, others to include the Legislative Delegation made up of Senator Ronnie Sabb and Representatives Cezar McKnight and Carl Anderson, former Williamsburg County Supervisor Stanley Pasley and Williamsburg County Council have not let go of the dream.

According to McClary, the center will be the first of its kind in South Carolina and possibly the United States. The center will be located on Sandy Bay Road, behind Kenneth Gardner Elementary School. The property was donated by the Williamsburg County School District. The existing VFW located beside the property will be demolished to make room for a parking lot. Wright said if all goes as planned, the project will begin in late fall. Funding sources include grants. Final approval for the government funding will be left to county council.