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Celebrating Veterans Around Town

Throughout the entire month of November, we are highlighting veterans as part of our One Book, One Community shared reading experience. In addition to Richland Library's special programs and events, here are some other things happening around town to celebrate and honor those who have served our country.

"Looking for Balance, But Slightly Off-Center" Art Exhibit

The Gallery at City Hall -- 1737 Main Street, Columbia SC 29201

October 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018 -- Weekdays 8:30am-5:00pm

This photography display is a collaboration between the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center Trauma Recovery Program (TRP) and the Big Red Barn Retreat to allow our Veterans the opportunity to represent their experiences with PTSD, as well as where they are in terms of growth as a result of involvement in treatment. The hope for this display is that those who view these photographs will be moved by their messages and it will allow the audience the ability to see PTSD through a different lens. Curated by Elizabeth Codega LCSW and the Big Red Barn Retreat.


The 282D Army Band Salute to Service Concert

Trinity Episcopal Church -- 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Sunday, November 11th -- 5:00pm-6:00pm

Fort Jackson and the Columbia community will celebrate the centennial of the Armistice ending World War One. The performance will consist of a choir consisting of brass and percussion, along with an organist, Debbie Bauer. The concert will feature music for brass and organ by J.S. Bach, Aaron Copland, Marcel Dupre' and Maurice Durufle'.


Veteran's Day at Riverbanks Zoo

Sunday, November 11th -- 9:00am-5:00pm

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden -- 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC 29210

All military personnel, who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces, will receive free admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in honor of Veterans Day.

City of Columbia Veteran's Day Parade

Monday, November 12th -- 11:00am-12:00pm

Veterans and civilians from across the state will gather in downtown Columbia on Veterans Day, for the City of Columbia’s annual Veterans Day Parade, one of the Southeast’s largest Veterans Day parades. Former Prisoner of War Veterans will be honored as the 2018 Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshall. The parade begins at the intersection of Sumter and Laurel streets, and travels southbound on Sumter Street, ending at Pendleton Street near the State House.


Quilts of Valor Exhibit

South Carolina State Library -- 1500 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201

November 1, 2018 - January 9, 2019 -- 8:30am-5:00pm

In honor of South Carolina veterans this fall, the State Library is partnering with the S.C. Chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) to host a rotating exhibit of patriotic Quilts of Valor. A Quilt of Valor is a handmade quilt of the highest quality made by volunteers of S.C. Quilts of Valor. It is a lifetime award given by civilians to veterans in an effort to convey to them that we “Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, and valor.” Throughout this three month exhibit, quilts on display will be awarded to South Carolina veterans and active military service members from the Midlands in Awards Ceremonies held at the SC State Library. Six award ceremonies are scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays at the S.C. State Library on November 7, 2018 as well as November 14, November 28, December 5, December 12, and January 9, 2019. The S.C. Chapter of Quilts of Valor is comprised of hundreds of volunteer South Carolinians and several S.C. quilting guilds across the state.


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