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Sen. Scott to hold ceremony for Vietnam veterans

World War II veterans Bud Rice and Bill Prindible watch as paratroops float down from the sky during a parachute drop to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Both Rice and Prindible were C-47 pilots who flew paratroops during World War II.

The importance of South Carolina recognizing its veterans cannot be overlooked, said U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who is gearing up for a celebratory event to honor those who have served.

Scott is hosting the Vietnam Era Veterans Honor Ceremony on Aug. 2 in Columbia. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held at First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1306 Hampton St.

Scott said each veteran will receive a Senatorial Certificate of Appreciation, as well as a pin.

In addition, the event will feature military bands from around South Carolina, memorabilia, military artifacts from the era, and an address from keynote speaker retired Maj. Gen. James Everett Livingston, United States Marine Corps.

Scott has hosted related events over the years, including a ceremony for World War II veterans in 2012 and ceremonies for Korean War era veterans in 2013.

“My father served 20-plus years in the Air Force, and my brothers serve in the military, as well; so this type of event really hits home for me,” Scott said. “It will be a celebration, and we will be proud of the men and women who made those sacrifices.”

Vietnam veterans can register for the event by calling 844-820-0146 or visiting www.scott.senate.gov/veterans. Veterans and guests must register by July 28.

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