Myrtle Beach’s “Military Appreciation Days” is more than a couple of days toward the end of May; it’s grown into a monthlong recognition.
Mark Kruea, spokesman for the city of Myrtle Beach, among a team of personnel who have helped make this celebration a Myrtle Beach signature tradition, elaborated on the extent of activities, those confirmed and in the works.
Besides events centered around Memorial Day weekend, other outings are being scheduled, Kruea said. Planning continues, for example, on a geocaching activity – one for each service branch – as well as a showing of “Back to the Battlefield,” a film produced at Coastal Carolina University about a D-Day veteran’s return to Omaha Beach, and a free, afternoon concert on May 11 in Myrtle Beach’s Plyler Park, near the SkyWheel.
Kruea said the city also will welcome contingents of 200 Indian Army personnel and 100 soldiers from Fort Bragg, N.C., on May 5.
May also is National Military Appreciation Month. As a community, we’re coming together to show our appreciation to these men and women. This year, during the parade and Memorial Day service, we are recognizing a local veteran from each of the major wars: World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraqi Freedom.
The more than 150 historical markers scattered around preserve the base and its people for future generations. The Wall of Service has taken off, too. We may need to build a second wall before long. The anniversary of the closing has been a good reminder for everyone of our military heritage. That’s not something we want to lose.
We bring Wounded Warriors to town for some R-and-R (rest and relaxation). The Blue Star and Gold Star Mothers are involved. Our local recruiters and the National Guard are part of it, along with Rolling Thunder and the veterans’ organizations. We’ve met the greatest people through this. The businesses have stepped up, too, with discounts for military folks.