Blue Box   Fourth Annual Horry County JROTC Drill Meet w 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 4, at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' Stadium.

Blue Box   Colonel Robert Hawkins Veterans Volunteer Service Award w Nominations accepted until April 1, 2019.  

Military Family Members Social and Lunch with Blue Star Mothers w 12:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, in the Picnic Area at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' Stadium.

Blue Box   Myrtle Beach Pelicans' Game Honoring Our Veterans w 6:05 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at TicketReturn.Com Stadium (gates open at 5:00 p.m.).

Blue Box   Military Appreciation Days Parade w 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 25, on Farrow Parkway at The Market Common...  The big parade returns to Howard Avenue and Farrow Parkway at The Market Common. Former US Army Ranger-turned-country-musician Keni Thomas is Grand Marshal.

Blue Box   Family Picnic, exhibits, live music and more w Join us for the Big Family Picnic, complete with activities, military exhibits and live music, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 25, at Valor Memorial Garden in The Market Common. The picnic is freeMeet Grand Marshal Keni Thomas!

Blue Box   Veterans March w 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 27...  In honor of Memorial Day and in concert with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, a Veterans March occurs on Ocean Boulevard, followed by a Combat Cross ceremony.   

Blue Box   Memorial Day Ceremony w Everyone is invited... This annual event is sponsored by the Military Appreciation Committee and the City of Myrtle Beach at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 27, at the Convention Center. 

Blue Box   MOAA Golf Tournament w The Military Officers Association of America Grand Strand Chapter is sponsoring a golf tournament on Thursday, May 23... This golf event supports college scholarships and other veterans' outreach programs.  


 

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Myrtle Beach, SC  29578

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Military Appreciation Days

May 1 - 31, 2019  w  Myrtle Beach, SC

 

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Myrtle Beach celebrates Military Appreciation Days during the month of May with a full schedule of activities, including a Welcome Home for Vietnam veterans.  Keni Thomas, decorated US Army veteran-turned-country-musician, will serve as our 2019 Grand Marshal for the Military Appreciation Days parade on Saturday, May 25.  Join us as we honor the men, women and families of our Armed Forces during May. 

SSgt Thomas deployed to Somalia in 1993 with the Third Ranger Battalion as part of an elite special operation called Task Force Ranger.  October 3, 1993, Thomas and his fellow Rangers distinguished themselves in an 18-hour firefighter that would later be recounted in the book and movie Black Hawk Down.  Nineteen Americans died and 78 were wounded in the worst urban combat for US troops since WWII. 

After Mogadishu, SSGT Thomas volunteered for one more enlistment, becoming an assistant team leader for a six-man recon team and earning his master parachutist rating with more than 400 military freefall jumps.  In 1997, Thomas traded his military boots for a microphone and now works full-time as an award-winning country music artist and songwriter in Nashville.  Our news release announcing Thomas as this year's Grand Marshal has more information about his background and career. 

The Military Appreciation Days Parade returns to the site of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, now known as The Market Common.  The parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 25, and travels Howard Avenue and Farrow Parkway.  We expect this year's parade to be one of the biggest and best ever!  Parade Entry Forms and Band Entry Forms are available now, so sign up!

  • Colonel Robert Hawkins Veterans Volunteer Service Award w Nominations due by April 1, 2019.  Nomination Form and Instructions

  • Horry County JROTC Drill Meet w 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 4, Pelicans Stadium, JROTC programs from Horry County Schools

  • Military Family Members Event (Blue Star Mothers) w 12:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, Picnic Area, Pelicans Stadium

  • Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Game honoring military veterans (submit your nominations) w 6:05 p.m. (gates open at 5:00 p.m.), Saturday, May 4, TicketReturn.Com Field. 

  • Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home w 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 17, General Robert H. Reed Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane

  • M.O.A.A. Grand Strand Golf Tournament w 12:00 p.m. registration and lunch; 2:00 p.m. shotgun start w Thursday, May 23, Heritage Golf Course

  • Myrtle Beach Veterans Center Picnic w 12:00 p.m., Friday, May 24, Veterans Center, Grissom Parkway

  • Military Appreciation Days Parade w 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 25, Farrow Parkway, The Market Common. 

  • Family Picnic, Keni Thomas, Music, Exhibits and more w 12:00 p.m., Saturday, May 25, Valor Memorial Garden, The Market Common

  • Memorial Day Veterans March w 9:00 a.m. Monday, May 27, Ocean Boulevard, beginning at 16th Avenue North and continuing to Ninth Avenue North

  • Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony w 11:00 a.m., Monday May 27, Myrtle Beach Convention Center

  • Memorial Day Tribute Film w 1:00 p.m., Monday May 27, Grand 14 Cinemas

These month-long activities are sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach, PGBA, LLC, and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce as a "thank you" to our dedicated service men and women -- and their families.  The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, the National Guard and veterans from all service branches.  During May, military personnel and their families also can look for discounts to area restaurants and attractions, so that they can enjoy the activities. 

Our gratitude is evident during the big Family Picnic, Saturday, May 25, in Grand Park at The Market Common.  Pease join us for lunch prepared by the Omar Shriners Chefs.  The picnic is free for all, courtesy of PGBA, LLC.  Also featured are military exhibits, kids' activities and more, including a chance to meet Keni Thomas! 

For more about Myrtle Beach's 2019 Military Appreciation Days, including the exhibits, the parade, the Family Picnic, or any of our events and sponsors, please call 843-918-1014 or send us an e-mail.


2019 Military Appreciation Days

are sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach, PGBA, LLC

and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. 

We hope you enjoy your visit! 

              

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