Blue Box   Memorial Day Tribute Film:  "Uncommon Courage" – 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 25, at Grand 14 Cinemas, The Market Common...  See this historic film about the Battle of Graignes, known as the D-Day of World War II.  Free admission, with complimentary refreshments. The event features a tribute to veterans and active-duty personnel, along with patriotic music and a color-guard.

Blue Box   Military Appreciation Days Parade – 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 16, on Ocean Boulevard...  The big parade features US Army veteran and Dancing with the Stars champion J. R. Martinez as this year's Grand Marshal.

Blue Box   Family Picnic, exhibits, live music and more – Join us for the Big Family Picnic, complete with activities, military exhibits and live music, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 16, on Ocean Boulevard. The picnic is free for military personnel, veterans and their families, including the National Guard and Reserve. Meet Grand Marshal J. R. Martinez and hear the Andrew Theilen Big Band!

Blue Box   Veterans March – 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 25...  In honor of Memorial Day and in concert with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, a Veterans March on Ocean Boulevard will travel from 16th Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North.  The march (not a parade) begins at 9:00 a.m. concludes with a brief ceremony at the former Pavilion site, in time for everyone to attend the 11:00 a.m. Memorial Day Ceremony at the Convention Center. 

Blue Box   Vietnam-era Helicopters – May 13-29, Convention Center and Ocean Boulevard...  Six Vietnam-era helicopters will visit Myrtle Beach as part of the Vietnam Veterans 50th anniversary activities.  The free helicopter display is from the NC Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Assn.

Blue Box   MOAA Golf Tournament – The Military Officers Association of America Grand Strand Chapter is sponsoring a golf tournament on Monday, May 25... The tournament supports college scholarships, Wounded Warrior visits and other veterans' outreach programs.  

Blue Box   Veterans Beard and 'Stache Beach Bash – Saturday, May 16... Here's a chance to show off your facial hair in this fun contest during the picnic!


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Myrtle Beach, SC  29578





Military Appreciation Days

May 1 - 31, 2015 – Myrtle Beach, SC


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Myrtle Beach celebrates Military Appreciation Days during the month of May with a full schedule of activities and events.  Army veteran J. R. Martinez is Grand Marshal for our Military Appreciation Days parade on Saturday, May 16, which also is Armed Forces Day.  Martinez was severely wounded during a tour of duty in Iraq in 2003.  His recovery took 34 months, but today he is a successful actor, author, motivational speaker and winner of Dancing with the Stars.  You'll have a chance to meet J. R. Martinez at the Family Picnic, after the parade.

Military Appreciation Days begin Saturday, May 2, with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Tribute, sponsored by Rolling Thunder SC3.  Everyone's invited to welcome home these men and women and thank them for their service during this informal event, at 12:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 33rd Avenue North.

For 2015, Military Appreciation Days recognizes our Vietnam veterans on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.  Myrtle Beach is working with Chapter 925 Grand Strand, Vietnam Veterans of America, to thank these vets for their service.  Exhibits include the Agent Orange Quilt of Tears and traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, both of which will be on display Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 14-16,on Ocean Boulevard, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues North.  

The Military Appreciation Days Parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 16 and travels Ocean Boulevard from 27th Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North, where exhibits, helicopters and more await at the big Family Picnic. 

We expect this year's parade to be one of the biggest and best ever!  Here are sother activities during Military Appreciation Days and the Vietnam Veterans 50th Anniversary recognition.

These month-long activities are sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA, LLC, as a “thank you” to our dedicated service men and women – and their families.  The celebration includes active duty military personnel, reserves, the National Guard and veterans from all service branches.  During May, military personnel and their families also can look for discounts to area restaurants and attractions, so that they can enjoy the activities. 

Our gratitude is evident during the big Ocean Boulevard parade and Family Picnic, Saturday, May 16.  Pease join us for lunch prepared by the Omar Shriners Chefs.  The picnic is free for all military and veterans, along with their families, courtesy of PGBA, LLC.  Headlining Saturday afternoon is the Andrew Thielen Big Band with a live show.  Also featured are military exhibits, kids’ activities and more, including the Veterans Beard and 'Stache Beach Bash

As a special treat, we have six Vietnam-era helicopters (all sizes) coming, May 21 through May 29.  The helicopters will be on display at the Convention Center, in the parade and at the Family Picnic, so you won't miss them.  The exhibits are free, thanks to the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, which has preserved these birds.  Come sit in one yourself!

The Veterans March on Ocean Boulevard begins at 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 25.  This special Memorial Day event starts at 16th Avenue North and ends at the Pavilion site at Ninth Avenue North with a brief ceremony.  The march isn't a parade, so it won't feature floats or vehicles, unless a vehicle is required for those veterans who are not able to walk.  This event is in concert with the local Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter. 

At 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 25, everyone is invited to join us for the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony on the Plaza at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  The Grand Strand Patriot Alliance recognizes Memorial Day with speakers, the Missing Man Table and an honor guard salute.  The public is cordially invited to attend this and all other events, as we say "thank you" to our military men and women and their families. 

For more about Myrtle Beach's 2015 Military Appreciation Days, including the Vietnam Veterans 50th Anniversary, the exhibits, the Ocean Boulevard Parade, the Family Picnic, or any of our events, call 843-918-1014 or send us an e-mail.

2015 Military Appreciation Days

are sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach

and PGBA, LLC.  We hope you enjoy your visit! 




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