CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- While many will be spending Memorial Day with family and grilling in the backyard, there are a number of events around the Lowcountry that highlight the meaning behind your day off of work.
To see more on these events, check out our Community Calendar by clicking here
On May 26, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will observe Memorial Day with a special event called
“Letters from the Front.”
The public is invited to bring and read aloud authentic letters written by and for service men and women killed in the line of duty.
“Letters from the Front” will be held in Hangar Bay III on board the USS Yorktown from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Admission is free, and parking will also be free from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.Piccolo Spoleto:
As part of the Piccolo Spoleto Special Events Series, the Charleston Men's Chorus will present a tribute to our veterans and current armed forces members at its annual Memorial Day Concert.
The concert will take place Monday, May 26 at 12 p.m. at St. Philip's Episcopal Church located at 142 Church Street.
The program will include service anthems, patriotic songs, and other inspiring works to honor our service men and women. This year’s concert is in memory of Captain Richard G. Cliff, Jr., a native of Mount Pleasant, SC and a 1997 graduate from Wando High School, who was killed September 29, 2008, while conducting a combat reconnaissance patrol in Afghanistan.
Admission is $20. NOTE: All ticket prices include a $1 per ticket Box Office surcharge.
Tickets are available at the Charleston Visitor Center (375 Meeting St.) or visit www.PiccoloSpoleto.com
. Online and phone orders are subject to higher handling fees per ticket, not to exceed $3 per ticket. For more ticket information, call (866) 811-4111.Summerville:
Summerville’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held Monday May 26 at 10:30am at Parks Cemetery, also known as Summerville Cemetery. Rear Admiral Robert E. Besal (US Navy Ret) will be the guest speaker.
Reception and Fellowship will immediately follow at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3433. Click here
for more info.American Legion Post 166:
American Legion Post 166 Goose Creek will host its annual Memorial Day Observance at noon on May 26 at noon at Carolina Memorial Gardens on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.
There will be a reception at the Post afterwards. For more information, call 843-553-5454
The Charleston Community Band will perform a free joint concert with the Columbia Community Band to honor our veterans at 3 p.m. May 26 at Marion Square.
For more information, visit www.charlestoncommunityband.com
or visit the Facebook event page by clicking here
.Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park:
The 10th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Party will be hosted by Share Our Suzy starting at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit cancer patients in South Carolina. Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 at the event.
Food will be provided by Home Team BBQ. Live music will be performed by Five Way Friday and Indecision. For more information, click here
There are also several Memorial Day freebies and deals available.North Charleston Fire Museum:
The North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center is teaming up once again with Blue Star Museums to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.
"We at the North Charleston and American LaFrance Fire Museum and Educational Center understand the sacrifices members of the military and their families make on a daily basis, and as a small token of our appreciation, we are proud to participate in this wonderful program," said Museum Coordinator Renee Frye.Magnolia Plantation and Gardens:
Free admission to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens will be offered on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, to active duty military personnel and their immediate family.
This gift to those who serve America only applies to the general garden admission and not the separate tours of the house, swamp garden, nature boat, nature train and "Slavery to Freedom" program.
Valid active duty identification is required. Shoney's:
Active military and veterans can get a free All-American burger from Shoney’s on Monday, May 26. Valid military or veteran ID is required.
Here in the Charleston area, that includes the locations on North Main St. in Summerville and Sniders Hwy in Walterboro. Other discounts include:
- Both Lowes and Home Depot are offering a 10 percent Military Discount to those currently serving in the Armed Forces and to all veterans. Ask for it at the register and have your veteran ID available.
- JCPenney is providing all current and former military personnel and family members of active duty, reserves, guard and retirees a 20 percent off in-store discount from May 21-27.
- Active military, veterans and their spouses can get 10 free chicken wings with the purchase of a drink on May 26 at Hooters. You may be asked to show valid military or veteran ID.