WEATHER NOTE FROM JUDGE JAMES LOCKEMY: No matter how bad the conditions of the day they will not equal the catastrophe of September 11, 2001. We will have a ceremony no matter how small to recognize this important and tragic event in American History. If if we have rain, we will go inside the courthouse.
A Patriot Day Memorial Service will be held on Monday, September 10th at 5:00 p.m.
American Flags will be displayed and a donated Memorial wreath by Red Bud Florist (adv.) that will represent the colors of our nation and our county and the message “We Remember” will be placed beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 10, in the vicinity of the Dillon County Courthouse in honor of 9-11. A ceremony will be conducted beginning around 5:00 p.m. at the Dillon County Courthouse with Master of Ceremonies James E. Lockemy.
Special opening prayer and brief comments will be given by Rev. Leo Chapman of Bethel AME Church.
John Harlow of Dillon will be be the guest speaker.
Harlow served as a Sergeant in Vietnam 1966-1967 with the Marines, and served as a Sergeant Major of Marines participating in the liberation of Kuwait 1990-1991 during Desert Storm.
He was named Dillon County Veteran of the Year in 2005.
He served as a patrol officer, a detective, a vice-sergeant, and a homicide lieutenant with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, from 1969-1989.
He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (1983) and a member of its South Carolina Chapter since 1989.
He worked as a banker for First Citizens Bank in Dillon 1990-2010.
Closing prayer and brief comments will be by Rev. Harold Cooke of Mount Calvary Baptist Church.
Many veterans of the year will be present for the service. Local First Responders and Law Enforcement will be present. You are invited to attend and show your support. We will never forget!