Events in the area this weekend:
RED, WHITE AND BLUE VETERANS CELEBRATION: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Columbia County Government Complex, 640 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans. The event will include performances by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band, Lakeside High School's Rifle Drill Team, a flag-raising, parade and a fireworks display. Special guests will include Maj. Gen Janet Hicks and U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood. The celebration is free. For more information, call 312-7415.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: 1 p.m. Saturday, beginning at the intersection of Park Avenue and Union Street, proceeding down Park Avenue to Laurens Street and ending at Laurens Street and Edgefield Avenue, Aiken. There will be an F-16 fly over, a Bradley tank, clowns, race carts, the Fort Jackson Victory Band and more. The parade, sponsored by the Aiken Marine Corps League, is free.
MEMORIAL WEEKEND PROGRAM: 9 a.m. Saturday, at Veterans Park in Barnwell, S.C. The program, sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America, will include U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, S.C. Rep. Lonnie Hosey, and city and county officials. The guest speaker will be John Gustafson, a helicopter gunner during the Vietnam War. Crew members from the World War II ship USS Barnwell will present a portrait and commissioning pennant to the city. For more information, call (803) 259-1687.
HONOR THE WARRIOR, NOT THE WAR: 7 p.m. Sunday, Veterans Plaza, U.S. Courthouse, Eighth and Telfair streets. For more information, call 736-4738.
MEMORIAL DAY RIDE FOR HOSPITALIZED VETERANS: 2 p.m. Sunday, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Uptown Division, 1 Freedom Way. Antique cars and all types of motorcycles are welcome. The ride will end at the VA Medical Center, Downtown Division. The entry fee is one gift for a hospitalized veteran. A $10 cash donation will be accepted in lieu of a gift. For more information, call 442-3877.
ALL-AMERICAN MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT: 7 p.m. Monday, Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Riverwalk Augusta. The Augusta Concert Band program will feature patriotic music, military marches and other traditional favorites. The concert is free. For information, call 722-0077 or www.augustaconcertband.org.
MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE: 10 a.m. Monday, Bellevue Memorial Gardens, 4501 Wrightsboro Road. The guest speaker will be Grovetown Mayor Dennis Trudeau. Musical entertainment will be provided by Paul Roberts and Company, The Byrd Family, Cheryl Pickard and Paula Kirchhofer. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 863-2570.
MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY: 9 a.m. Monday, courtyard at the Georgia War Veterans Home, 1101 15th St. The guest speaker will be Col. John H. Belser Jr. For more information, call 721-2531.
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE CEREMONY: 11 a.m. Monday, All Wars Monument, Fourth and Broad streets. The program will feature wreath displays, special speakers, color guards from the American Legion Post 63, local high school JROTC units and Fort Gordon. Fort Gordon also will provide a salute firing squad and a bugler for the playing of Taps. For more information, call Maj. Luther Price at 733-1496 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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