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Veterans Day Events honor those who served Our Nation

Bob Gecy - (November 15, 2016)

Programs in Fountain Inn, Mauldin and Simpsonville

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Flag Display At the Fountain Inn Entrance on Main Street

Victoria Merritt sang "God Bless America"

Guest Speaker, Lt. Colonel Bob Anderson, USAF, (Ret).



A total of 3,500 American Flags were installed in two locations in honor of Veterans Day.  One location was City Hall and the other location was along Highway 14 near the northern city limits of Fountain Inn.  The flag field at the city limits is displaying 1,500 Flags and was installed on Saturday, November 5th at 8 am.  Upon completion, volunteers moved to the second location at Fountain Inn City Hall and installed 2,000 American Flags.

The patriotic display was led by Mark Rodeffer, a Simpsonville resident, who has coordinated flag field installations over the past four years.  We asked him about the locations chosen and he commented, "City Hall was chosen because it's not only the center of the city, but it is also landscaped with sidewalks that divide areas. This meant we could install a flag field that the public can walk through and be surrounded by flags.  The other area doesn't lend itself to interacting, but its' such a beautifully landscaped area and is a perfect location to patriotically welcome everyone to Fountain Inn!"

Rodeffer further commented that both fields were completed around 1pm on Saturday, November 5, and he is very thankful to all the community volunteers that showed up to help. When the fields were completed, volunteers headed to Carolina Grower's Group and were treated to lunch by Rodeffer and CGG.  "These flag fields have always been about the community coming together to honor veterans and I'm happy Fountain Inn community members answered the call to support veterans." added Rodeffer.

Fountain Inn Mayor Sam Lee said he was proud to have the flag field display to enhance Fountain Inn’s dedication to recognizing our veterans. Lee remarked, “What a wonderful addition to our city! We are very fortunate to have this display added to our Purple Heart parking spaces and our Quilt of Valor event in recognition of Veterans Day.”




Boy Scouts from Troop 159 in Simpsonville raised the ceremonial service flags along with the American flag to begin the Simpsonville community’s celebration of Veterans Day on November 5.  The Star Spangled Banner was provided by Lindsay Whitfield, a Clemson University graduate majoring in performing arts and music; opening remarks were offered after the Pledge of Allegiance. The program continue with a rendition of God Bless America presented by Victoria Meritt, granddaughter of Terry Meritt, a member the Mauldin City Council.

Following an Armed Forces Medley in recognition of all Veterans, the guest speaker was introduced.   Dr. Robert Anderson is a retired Lt. Col. from the United States Air Force and the recipient of many prestigious awards for his humanitarian work.  Originally from Cheswick, Pennsylvania, the 20 year Air Force veteran lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina with his wife Bonnie. They have two sons and daughters in law, and four grandchildren. The Veterans Day program was sponsored by the City of Simpsonville, VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1845 located at 121 Hedge St. behind Simpsonville United Methodist Church. The VFW invited all those in attendance to stop by for their open house following the ceremony.

 Other sponsors include Upstate Warrior Solution a community-based nonprofit organization in the upstate of South Carolina, Honor Flight Upstate and all volunteer organizations based in Simpsonville and dedicated taking World War II and Korean veterans on a free one-day trip to Washington DC to visit their Memorials.  ♦


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