McDuffie County residents and officials will once again honor veterans during the annual Veterans Day celebration in Thomson today.
The events begin at 8:30 a.m. with a Veterans Canteen at the Thomson-McDuffie library, hosted by the Friends of the Library.
Veterans will have the chance to visit with one another and share their stories with visitors over coffee and sweet rolls.
After the Canteen, everyone may go across Main Street to the McDuffie Courthouse lawn, for a wreath-laying ceremony, hosted by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6672. Thomson High School's Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp color guard will present the flag during the ceremony.
After the wreath-laying, students of McDuffie Achievement Center will host a cook-out for veterans at McDuffie Place at Clarks Hill Lake.
"It's something we want our students to be a part of. As a thank you, they will serve the veterans at McDuffie Place," MAC Counselor Murtavius Miller said.
The select group of high school and alternative school students invite the veterans and their families, along with local dignitaries and members of the community, to McDuffie Place in the Raysville Community on the Lincolnton Highway at noon for a free lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs that will be served by the students.
After the meal, a service will be held at 1:30 p.m. with Thomson Police Chief Joe Nelson and THS NJROTC Cadet Commander Thomas Ruff as the keynote speakers.
The public is invited to attend every event.