New Veterans Memorial Honors Those Who Gave The Ultimate Sacrifice
Several hundred residents, including representatives from Tidelands Health, turned out for the dedication of the Georgetown County Veterans Memorial Saturday, Dec. 17.
Located at Church and Broad streets in Georgetown, the memorial honors county residents who gave their lives in the Revolutionary War, the War Between the States, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and the War on Terror. County residents who served and who are members of the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars are also recognized.
Tidelands Health is a major donor to the project, continuing an ongoing relationship between the health system and the American Legion Post 1114.
H. McRoy Skipper Jr., CPA, chairman of Tidelands Health board of trustees, and Francis B. “Jeep” Ford, former board chairman and U.S. navy veteran who served in the Pacific and in Washington, D.C., during World War II, were among the speakers at the ceremony, organized by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6444.
Ford, a member of the American Legion and VFW, said the memorial honors those who are "gone, but not forgotten."
"Here it is, etched in marble, so their names will be carried on for life after life," Ford said. "I certainly appreciate all of that."
The marker memorializing World War II veterans is inscribed with remembrances by Ford’s wife, Mary Louise Parrish Ford. A teenager during the war, she wrote how the war impacted the residents of Georgetown County from the perspective of a young person.
Skipper told the gathering the memorial is a fitting tribute and marks a milestone in the long-standing relationship between Tidelands Health and the American Legion. “Our health system is truly honored to have had a role in bringing this project to fruition, and we are pleased to reciprocate the spirit and generosity of the American Legion,” he said.
“This memorial will be an enduring and poignant reminder to residents and visitors of the courage and sacrifices made by the sons and daughters of Georgetown County going back to the Revolutionary War.”
Tidelands Health President and CEO Bruce Bailey said Tidelands Health traces its roots directly to the American Legion, which raised funds 70 years ago to help build Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital as a memorial to the servicemen of Georgetown County.
“Tidelands Health has a long history with the American Legion, and we’re honored to be a partner with this fine organization and honor the memory and service of the brave men and women who defended our freedom,” Bailey said. “We owe our health system’s existence to the vision and spirit of Post 114 members who were determined to have a hospital in Georgetown and raised funds and campaigned to make that happen.”
American Legion Adjutant Martin Alfonsi recognized Tidelands Health for its generosity. “We certainly appreciate everything Tidelands Health has done,” Alfonsi said. “Through their generosity, this memorial will help educate the younger generation about history and remind us all of those Georgetonians who served and made the ultimate sacrifice.”