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Veterans Memorial in Pendleton SC

Updated on May 21, 2016

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Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park

Veterans Park was established in 1973 when Beloit-Kleinweffers Textile Machinery Corporation deeded 24.778 acres to the Town of Pendleton for $5 to honor an agreement they had with the town.

In the early 80s, Sgt. Jimmy L. Manley of the Paul/Dewitt Duncan Pendleton American Legion Post 113 approached Town Council and requested that the park be named Veterans Park in honor of all our Veterans.

Baseball fields had been built there as well as a picnic shelter. In 2005 "Pendleton Pride In Motion" organized and raised the money for a community built playground called Barrett's Place.

After the build, they created a group called "Friends of the Park" to insure continued maintenance on the playground and work with the town of Pendleton to make Veterans Park the best it can be.

Volunteers with "Friends of the Park" created 2 more picnic shelters, a beautiful walking trail called Trotter's Trail and continues to work with Pendleton Recreation Association and the town on a fundraising campaign for the ball fields called "Step Up To The Plate".

Also, one of the original goals of "Friends of the Park" has been to create a Veterans Memorial at the park to recognize all our Veterans. Some moneys were raised for that cause through fundraisers and donations keeping it separate from the money being raised for the ball fields.The dedication of the Veterans Memorial was November 11, 2014. Engraved pavers to honor Veterans (living or deceased) are now on sale and the form is available below or through the town website or may be picked up at Town Hall. A The engraved pavers will be installed in the patio area of the Memorial and only names of Veterans will be displayed there. However, you may purchase a paver in the name of a business, church, organization, or non veteran individual to be placed in the "Friends of Veterans" Pathway.

If you are interested in being a sponsor by making a tax deductible donation of $1,500 please contact Joan Kelly at 864-314-5258.

Friends of the Park

PO Box 408

Pendleton, SC 29670

Photo Credit: Photo taken at Freedom Fest one year by Frank Breazeale.

Memorial Day Service 10 am Monday May 30, 2016 at Pendleton's Veterans Memorial

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Scenes from the Dedication of the Veterans Memorial

A Wonderful Program for the Dedication

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You are invited to the Dedication of the Veterans Memorial in Pendleton SC

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Purchase a Paver "in honor of" or "in memory of" a Veteran - Engraved Pavers for the Veterans Memorial

Pavers may be ordered after the deadline but they will not be in place for the dedication.  We will continue to sell them.
Pavers may be ordered after the deadline but they will not be in place for the dedication. We will continue to sell them. | Source

A Little Background Information on the Veterans Memorial - Completion Date Planned for November 2014

Veterans Park in Pendleton SC
Veterans Park in Pendleton SC

About Friends of the Park and the Veterans Memorial

In 2010 "Friends of the Park" became an independent 501c3 organization and a Squidoo supported charity. The Veterans Memorial Committee worked hard to make progress on a Veterans Memorial and with the approval of the Town of Pendleton, it was thought that the building of the memorial could work in conjunction with the turning of the ball fields placing it at the corner of Lebanon Rd and Long Rd. At that time Lynne Parker designed a memorial which was approved by the town and by Friends of the Park but over the years the town has not been able to make much progress in re-doing the ball fields and since the memorial depended on the fields being turned, it became quite evident that our plans would have to change if we were going to have a Veterans Memorial anytime soon. The Veterans Memorial Chairperson, Joan Kelly, and her committee started the ball rolling to change the location and the design in order for it to be a more reachable goal. As of March 2014 their work has been approved by the town and they have set a completion date of Veterans Day 2014 on November 11. This dream is finally becoming a reality.

About the Engraved Pavers for the Veterans Memorial

The money previously raised specifically for the memorial (approximately $12,000) will be used plus the sale of these engraved pavers, donations and more fundraisers.All donations are appreciated and are tax deductible. You may pick up a form at town hall or from any of the "Friends of the Park" members. You can also print from the Town of Pendleton Website by going to Town Projects - Veterans Park.

You or your organization may also sponsor one of the flag poles or benches. Contact Kim Beck or Joan Kelly for more information.You do not have to be from Pendleton to have a paver in your name. You may want to include the rank, branch of service and dates of service. If you are a Veteran, please know that we appreciate your service and hope that you will purchase a paver and be a part of this great memorial.

Only Veterans Names will go in the Memorial but we will also have a "Friends of Veterans Pathway" where other names can go such as business, church, organization, and non veteran supporters.

Friends of Veterans Pathway Extended!

"Friends of Veterans Pathway" extended to road for wheel chair access.
"Friends of Veterans Pathway" extended to road for wheel chair access. | Source

Friends of the Park Veterans Memorial Committee

Joan Kelly, chairperson (864-314-5258)

Caroline Jamieson

Regina Forest

Wanda Batten

Ed Kirkley

Mark Majors

Kim Beck

Veterans Memorial Committee Looking at Site

Veterans Memorial Committee Not pictured:  Ed Kirkley and Mark Majors and Caroline Jamieson
Veterans Memorial Committee Not pictured: Ed Kirkley and Mark Majors and Caroline Jamieson

We Support Our Troops

Monument for our Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC

Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC
Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC

The monument for the Veterans Memorial will be obtained by Veteran Jeff Raines. We appreciate his service and his willingness to help us with this worthwhile project.

The American Flag, the South Carolina Flag and the Flag for each of the Branches of Service will be at the Veterans Memorial - Saluting all our Veterans

Thank you to all those presently serving our country and all those who are Veterans.

Branches of Service:

  • Army
  • Air Force
  • Navy
  • Marines
  • Coast Guard

Location of Veterans Park in Pendleton - Where will the Memorial be?

The Veterans Memorial will be on Long Road between the entrance to Barrett's Place Playground/Trotter's Trail and the ball fields. Long Road is off of Lebanon Road in Pendleton SC.

A markerVeterans Park -
500 Lebanon Rd., Pendleton, SC
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Beautiful Handmade Quilt by Frances Swaney

FOTP at the Fall Harvest Festival

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Veterans Park Car Show - To Benefit our Veterans Memorial

Veterans Park Car Show
Veterans Park Car Show

Photo Collage from Veterans Park Car Show

Fundraiser for the Veterans Memorial
Fundraiser for the Veterans Memorial | Source

Eat at Dyar's Diner on Saturdays in August and they will donate 70% to the Veterans Memorial - 5 Saturdays in August from 7 am to 1 pm

Dyar's Diner
Dyar's Diner

Channel 7 Comes to Pendleton to Learn About Our Veterans Memorial - July 14, 2014 at Dyar's Diner and Veterans Park

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Addie interviews Veteran Earl DyarVeterans gather to at Veterans ParkBusy Cameraman  from Channel 7Addie talks with Veteran Ron PurpuraJoan Kelly explains what the Veterans Memorial will look likeThank you, Channel 7
Addie interviews Veteran Earl Dyar
Addie interviews Veteran Earl Dyar
Veterans gather to at Veterans Park
Veterans gather to at Veterans Park
Busy Cameraman  from Channel 7
Busy Cameraman from Channel 7
Addie talks with Veteran Ron Purpura
Addie talks with Veteran Ron Purpura
Joan Kelly explains what the Veterans Memorial will look like
Joan Kelly explains what the Veterans Memorial will look like
Thank you, Channel 7
Thank you, Channel 7

Thank You, Hevy Mann, for the signs

veterans memorial at veterans park in pendleton sc
veterans memorial at veterans park in pendleton sc

June 10, 2014 - Progress on Memorial Site

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American Legion Post 113 Auxiliary Raising Money for Veterans Memorial - May 17 Hot Dog/Bake Sale Fundraiser at the American Legion Bldg

American Legion Post 113
American Legion Post 113

2014 Spring Brunch Raises Approximately $2,500 for the Veterans Memorial - Held May 3 sponsored by Friends of the Park

spring brunch fundraiser
spring brunch fundraiser

Click a picture to go to our Spring Brunch website.

Caroline Jamieson and Joan Kelly at Spring Jubilee 2014 - Handing out Brochures and Thanking our Veterans

spring jubilee friends of the park
spring jubilee friends of the park

Town of Pendleton Recognized Friends of the Park for the Newest Monument

Mark Majors, Frances Swaney, Regina Forest, Mayor Frank Crenshaw, Debra Goss, Wanda Batten,
Mark Majors, Frances Swaney, Regina Forest, Mayor Frank Crenshaw, Debra Goss, Wanda Batten, | Source

Thank You

Thank you to Tim Kelly and Scott Sanders for the wonderful brochures. Also, thanks to Ken Rowland State Farm for loaning us your tent for Spring Jubilee

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this with all of us, Nancy. I will return later to purchase a paver for my father. His time in the Navy certainly should be documented. I will be in touch.

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      eddaviek 3 years ago

      Thanks so much for writing this for the Veterans Memorial. We are so excited we are on our way!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I think it wonderful that there will soon be an official Veterans Memorial at the Park!

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Nancy, I am sure everyone in Pendleton is excited about the new Veterans Memorial, and upcoming dedication on November 11th in the park. I will want to see it via HubPages.

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