The City of North Charleston will host its annual Veterans Day tribute on Thursday, November 11, 2021, 10:30 am–12:00 pm at the Felix Davis Community Center, featuring Lt. Col. Clebe McClary, USMC (ret). We ask veterans and their families to join Mayor Keith Summey and City Council in this special ceremony. All veterans in attendance will be recognized and will receive a specially designed commemorative coin.
The Department of Defense and the Veterans Day National Committee once again selected North Charleston as a Regional Site for Veterans Day 2021. North Charleston is the only site in the State of South Carolina and has received this designation for 11 consecutive years.
2021 Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speaker – Lt. Col. Clebe McClary, USMC (Ret)
First Lieutenant Patrick Cleburne McClary, III, USMC, Retired, known to thousands as “Clebe McClary,” is an American hero.
During the Vietnam War, while some of his contemporaries were staging anti-war protests and desecrating the American flag, the Lowcountry native was serving as a platoon leader in the First Reconnaissance Battalion. On the battalion’s 19th patrol, the unit was attacked by the Viet Cong. Lieutenant McClary was seriously wounded, losing his left arm and left eye, yet he continued to lead his men. The numerous surgeries and long recovery period that followed could have taken a bitter toll, but he faced his rehabilitation with characteristic determination.
In the years since, Lieutenant McClary has become a symbol of courage and hope to the many audiences around the world with whom he has shared his story.
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