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U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham saluted the U.S. Air Force flag during a 2017 ceremony unveiling the monument at the Greenwood Veterans Memorial Plaza.

Veterans Day should be about veterans, and that’s how the Greenwood County Republican Party plans to keep it Monday with its Salute to the Veterans event.

Starting at 6 p.m. at the Greenwood County Veterans Center at 106 Main St., the county’s Republican Party is hosting a program honoring veterans everywhere with music, patriotic displays and guest speaker U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. The event is free to the public, with veterans in attendance receiving a commemorative pin in recognition of their service.

“Since Veterans Day came on our meeting night, we decided we wanted to honor our vets and do something totally nonpolitical,” said Jo Ann Burroughs, chairwoman of the Greenwood County Republican Party.

Burroughs said the event will feature the Ninety Six Elementary School’s honors choir singing patriotic songs, with students presenting the nation’s colors and leading attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

As of Friday, Burroughs said Graham was still planning to attend the event, although Washington, D.C.’s politics might keep him. She said many people have registered for the event already, but still invited anyone interested to come out.

For information on the event and to register for it, visit

Contact staff writer Damian Dominguez at 864-634-7548 or follow on Twitter @IJDDOMINGUEZ.