Vets saluted at parade, special ceremony

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Photo above: Marine Corp veterans salute during the playing of the National Anthem during the Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at the Beaufort National Cemetery. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

Thousands of people turned out to honor veterans of the armed forces at the Beaufort Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 that included a ceremony at the Beaufort National Cemetery.

More events are on the way.

Veterans will be honored by the Lowcountry Community Concert Band (LCCB), sponsored by the University of South Carolina-Beaufort’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), which will present a concert entitled Americans We: A Salute to America’s Veterans at 3 p.m. Saturday, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Bluffton, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Hilton Head Island Presbyterian Church.

Conducted by Benny Ferguson and David Hershey, the program will feature music to honor all veterans, including a medley of “Anchors Away,” “The Caisson Song,” “Semper Paratus,” the “Marines’ Hymn” and “The U.S. Air Force.”

Several stirring marches will be performed including “Americans We” by Henry Fillmore, “The Washington Post” by John Philip Sousa and “National Emblem” by E. E. Bagley.

Patriotic anthems will include “American Salute” by Morton Gould, “God of Our Fathers” and “Eternal Father Strong to Save” arranged by Claude T. Smith and “America the Beautiful” arranged by Carmen Dragon.

In the tradition of the famous Sousa bands, percussionist Dana Scaglione will perform “Galop” by Dmitri Kabalevsky – a fast and lively xylophone solo accompanied by the band. There will be several musical surprises programmed as well.

For more information, visit www.ollilccb.com.