The City of North Charleston will host its annual Veterans Day tribute on Monday, November 12, 2018 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm at Park Circle featuring a keynote by COL Tom Clark, USMC (retired). We ask veterans and the public to join Mayor Keith Summey and City Council in this special ceremony. Each year, over 500 veterans in attendance are honored.
All veterans in attendance will be recognized and will receive a specially designed commemorative coin. To receive a coin, veterans are urged to RSVP no later than November 4 to (843) 740-5801, (843) 745-1028 or via email at email@example.com.Prior to the ceremony, from 9:30 am – 10:30 am, a story swap will be held in the Felix Davis Community Center. Veterans will have an open opportunity to share memories and stories about their service with fellow veterans. The story swap is open to the public. Veterans wishing to speak should RSVP to (843) 740-5854.
Lunch for all event attendees will be provided immediately following the ceremony with the Charleston County School of the Arts Jazz Band performing during the luncheon.
The Department of Defense and the Veterans Day National Committee once again selected North Charleston as a Regional Site for Veterans Day 2018. North Charleston is one of two regional sites in the State of South Carolina and has received this designation for 8 consecutive years.
2018 Keynote Speaker
Colonel Tom Clark, United States Marine Corps (retired)
He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1987. During his 30-year career as a Marine pilot, he accumulated 4000 hours flight time (primarily in the F/A-18) and flew 115 combat missions (all in the Middle East). He also deployed numerous times, participating in Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. His overseas deployments included service in the Middle East, Far East, South America, and South Pacific as well as sea service aboard USS Coral Sea and USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Colonel Clark is a parachute-qualified Forward Air Controller who also served as the Senior Aide-de-camp for two Commandants of the Marine Corps as well as the J-5 Strategy and Policy Division Chief at United States Central Command Headquarters in Tampa. He commanded an F/A-18C Squadron in combat and an Aviation Training Group in South Texas. During his final tour, he served as the Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science of the Naval ROTC Unit at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina—the same unit where he began his Marine Corps career in 1985.
In July 2015, Colonel Clark assumed his current duties as the Executive Director of the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics at The Citadel.
Colonel Clark is married to the former Amelia Shults of Columbia, South Carolina. They are blessed with two children—Caroline (married to Capt Brad Elliott, USAF) and Thomas—and three grandchildren, Amelia Ann, Henry, and Madelyn. The Clarks live in Charleston, South Carolina.
From past Veterans Day events
- Photos: Past Veterans Day events
- Video: Medal of Honor recipient Major General Livingston on Veterans Day
- Video: 10 year old Tre’ Williams on what it means to be a veteran
- Video: Sophia Simmons on what it means to be a veteran
- Video: Major Joe Lysaght on the history of the Pledge of Allegiance
- Video: Lt. Col. Vernon Lightner gives remarks at North Charleston Veterans Day event
- Video: Col. Harrington delivers 2013 keynote speech
- Video: Students read “What Veterans Day means to me” essays