Military Appreciation Days at Myrtle Beach

03/16/2015  | 
TRAVEL USA

Myrtle Beach celebrates Military Appreciation Days during the month of May with a full schedule of activities and events. Army veteran J. R. Martinez is Grand Marshal for the Military Appreciation Days parade on Sat., May 16, which also is Armed Forces Day. Martinez was severely wounded during a tour of duty in Iraq in 2003. His recovery took 34 months, but today he is a successful actor, author, motivational speaker and winner of Dancing with the Stars. You’ll have a chance to meet J. R. Martinez at the Family Picnic, after the parade.

Military Appreciation Days begin Sat., May 2, with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Tribute, sponsored by Rolling Thunder SC3. Everyone’s invited to welcome home these men and women and thank them for their service during this informal event, at 12:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 33rd Avenue North.

For 2015, Military Appreciation Days recognizes our Vietnam veterans on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Myrtle Beach is working with Chapter 925 Grand Strand, Vietnam Veterans of America, to thank these vets for their service. Exhibits include the Agent Orange Quilt of Tears and traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, both of which will be on display Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 14-16,on Ocean Boulevard, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues North.

The Military Appreciation Days Parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Sat., May 16 and travels Ocean Boulevard from 27th Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North, where exhibits, helicopters and more await at the big Family Picnic.

Entries for the 2015 parade are being accepted now. We expect this year’s parade to be one of the biggest and best ever! Here are some of the other activities during Military Appreciation Days and the Vietnam Veterans 50th Anniversary recognition.

  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Tribute – May 2
  • Veterans and Friends Golf Outing – May 14
  • Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Game – May 14
  • Myrtle Beach Pelicans Vietnam Veterans Card Set Application
  • Vietnam-Era Education Sessions for Students – May 15
  • Military Appreciation Days Dinner Dance – May 16
  • Agent Orange Quilt of Tears and Vietnam Memorial Wall – May 14-16
  • Military Appreciation Days Parade – May 16
  • Family Picnic, Exhibits, Music, J. R. Martinez and more – May 16
  • Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony – May 25
  • M.O.A.A. Grand Strand Golf Tournament – May 25

These month-long activities are sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA, LLC, 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.

Our gratitude is evident during the big Ocean Boulevard parade and Family Picnic, Saturday, May 16. Pease join us for lunch prepared by the Omar Shriners Chefs. The picnic is free for all Military and Veterans, along with their Families, courtesy of PGBA, LLC. Headlining Saturday afternoon is the Andrew Thielen Big Band with a live show. Also featured are military exhibits, kids’ activities and more, including the Veterans Beard and ‘Stache Beach Bash.

As a special treat, we have six Vietnam-era helicopters (all sizes) coming in for a two-week display during May. The helicopters will be at the Convention Center, in the parade and at the Family Picnic, so you won’t miss them. The exhibits are free, thanks to the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, which has preserved these birds. Come sit in one yourself!

At 11:00 a.m., Mon., May 25, everyone is invited to attend the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony on the Plaza at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The Grand Strand Patriot Alliance recognizes Memorial Day with speakers, the Missing Man Table and an honor guard salute. The public is cordially invited to attend this and all other events, as we say “thank you” to our Military men and women and their Families.

For more about Myrtle Beach's 2015 Military Appreciation Days, including the Vietnam Veterans 50th Anniversary, the exhibits, the Ocean Boulevard Parade, the Family Picnic, or any of our events, call 843-918-1014 or email us at [email protected].
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