CHARLESTON – It was a wet Memorial Day in the Lowcountry. Many Memorial Day cookouts had to be moved indoors.
Veterans are remembered on Veterans Day. Memorial Day is when those who served, but are no longer alive, are remembered. Charles Harris spent part of his Memorial Day remembering friends.
“Buddy Caulder, he did three tours in Vietnam. He’s gone. Richard Nole, an old Navy and Army guy he’s gone…. Tom Smith, 27 years in the Air Force. He’s gone… A lot of them are gone. Praise the Lord, they are where they are happy.”
Friends like Richard Nole, who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. “He was on a big ship with big guns and he loaded shells and he would load the powder… He worked 27 years in the service and he went with the Ports Authority for 22 years , so he was a good man.”
In 1868, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, the commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, ordered the day for the annual decoration of war graves. In 1971, Congress made Memorial Day an official holiday.
At the Berkeley County Veterans Memorial in Moncks Corner, you can see a number of wreaths were laid there Monday.