The City of North Charleston will host its annual Veterans Day tribute on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm at Park Circle featuring a keynote by Colonel John Dorrian, USAF (ret). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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 2019. North Charleston is one of two regional sites in the State of South Carolina and has received this designation for 9 consecutive years.
2019 Keynote Speaker
Colonel John L. Dorrian, United States Air Force (retired)
Colonel John Dorrian, USAF (ret) is the Vice President for Communications and Marketing for The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Before joining the leadership team at The Citadel, Colonel Dorrian served 25 years in the United States Air Force. His most recent assignment before retirement was as spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the military effort to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. In that role, Dorrian was principal military spokesperson as well as advisor to the task force commander and senior staff with regard to public affairs and communication matters. While deployed in this role, he conducted more than 400 national and international news media engagements.
Before that assignment, he was Director of Public Affairs, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. He served as the senior spokesperson and principal advisor to the commander communication matters. In addition, he was responsible for developing and executing global communication strategies to build understanding and support for Air Force Space Command. He worked directly with local, national and international media on coverage of command missions including Air Force network operations; managing a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities; and space system development and acquisition.
Colonel Dorrian is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He was commissioned in July 1992 after completing Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and was then assigned as the Deputy Chief of Public Affairs at MacDill AFB, Florida. Colonel Dorrian has served as a public affairs officer at the wing, Numbered Air Force, major command, Headquarters Air Force and combatant command levels. He commanded the 305th Mission Support Squadron, McGuire AFB, New Jersey, and also deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as chief of press desk operations, International Security Assistance Force. Colonel Dorrian also earned his Master’s degree in Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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