A Time to Pay Tribute: Memorial Day 2014

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Photos by Bob Sofaly

Cindy Baxter took a few minutes to visit with her husband Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth Baxter on Friday, May 23, at Beaufort National Cemetery. Baxter said her husband died two years ago this month but it feels like it was just yesterday.
Cindy Baxter took a few minutes to visit with her husband Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth Baxter on Friday, May 23, at Beaufort National Cemetery. Baxter said her husband died two years ago this month but it feels like it was just yesterday.
Hunter Graves, 3, son of Diana and Bobby Graves of Beaufort, helps sort out American flags on Thursday, May 22 at Beaufort National Cemetery. The flags were placed at the grave markers at the cemetery.
Hunter Graves, 3, son of Diana and Bobby Graves of Beaufort, helps sort out American flags on Thursday, May 22 at Beaufort National Cemetery. The flags were placed at the grave markers at the cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Fifth graders from Lady's Island Middle School help put up some of the American flags in front of each grave last Thursday, May 22 at Beaufort National Cemetery.
Fifth graders from Lady’s Island Middle School help put up some of the American flags in front of each grave last Thursday, May 22 at Beaufort National Cemetery.

 

 

 

Jack Kayler does his part in helping put out American flag last Thursday at Beaufort National Cemetery,
Jack Kayler does his part in helping put out American flag last Thursday at Beaufort National Cemetery,

 

 

 

 

 

A girl places an American flag at one of the graves last Thursday at Beaufort National Cemetery in preparation for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the cemetery.
A girl places an American flag at one of the graves last Thursday at Beaufort National Cemetery in preparation for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Ken Dennings, right, and George Miller unfurl one of the 50 "casket" flags for the Avenue of Flags on Friday, May 23 at Beaufort National Cemetery. Casket flags are those that draped over the casket of a U.S. veteran. The volunteers were getting the cemetery ready for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony.
Volunteer Ken Dennings, right, and George Miller unfurl one of the 50 “casket” flags for the Avenue of Flags on Friday, May 23 at Beaufort National Cemetery. Casket flags are those that draped over the casket of a U.S. veteran. The volunteers were getting the cemetery ready for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 Some of the many American flags that mark each grave at Beaufort National Cemetery.
Some of the many American flags that mark each grave at Beaufort National Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flags have to been unrolled while the poles are secured to each other. Fifty American flags line the driveway at Beaufort National Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony.
The flags have to been unrolled while the poles are secured to each other. Fifty American flags line the driveway at Beaufort National Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony.
 Volunteers from area Veterans and civic groups help put up 50 American flags on Friday at Beaufort National Cemetery.
Volunteers from area Veterans and civic groups help put up 50 American flags on Friday at Beaufort National Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Parris Island Marine Band led the annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 26.
The Parris Island Marine Band led the annual Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 26.
The Patriot Guard Riders from Charleston,Beaufort and Savannah formed in informal color guard at the Beaufort National Cemetery during the Memorial Day ceremony.
The Patriot Guard Riders from Charleston,Beaufort and Savannah formed in informal color guard at the Beaufort National Cemetery during the Memorial Day ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A rolling tribute to the troops complete with a palmetto tree and a likeness of the Statue of Liberty was one of the man patriotic floats during the annual Memorial Day parade on Monday.
A rolling tribute to the troops complete with a palmetto tree and a likeness of the Statue of Liberty was one of the man patriotic floats during the annual Memorial Day parade on Monday.

 

 Mike Melton, a Patriot Guard Rider from Charleston, S.C, holds a red rose with his American flag during the Memorial Day ceremony Monday afternoon at the Beaufort National Cemetery.
Mike Melton, a Patriot Guard Rider from Charleston, S.C, holds a red rose with his American flag during the Memorial Day ceremony Monday afternoon at the Beaufort National Cemetery.