Myrtle Beach’s annual Memorial Day weekend parade might also be known for welcoming grand marshals who have mastered multitasking in their careers as well as in serving Uncle Sam.
Montel Williams, a Marine who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with an engineering with a minor in international security, earned such honors as pairs of Meritorious Service and Navy Commendation and Achievement medals, and later hosted a Daytime Emmy Award-winning TV talk show for more than 17 years.
A motivational speaker, Williams also has established the Montel Williams MS Foundation and penned several best-selling books, including “Living Well Emotionally: Breakthrough to a life of Happiness” and “Living Well: 21 days to Transform Your Life, Supercharge Your Health, and Feel Spectacular.” Last year, he partnered with Union Springs Media to launch the website www.livingwellwithmontel.com.
Ready to ride in the parade on Saturday – which steps off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, from 27th Avenue North southward to Ninth Avenue North – Williams takes a baton carried by Buzz Aldrin, retired astronaut in 2010; U.S. Sen. John McCain in 2011; Army Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., S.C. adjutant general, in 2012; and Rocky Bleier, a four-time Super Bowl running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, in 2013.
While traveling in the past week, Williams fielded some questions by email, responding within a day.