Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 31, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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d n a ... Staff PtW)to by Amy BantoiRon Peterson and John Irwin with the James L. Hammons Detachment 939 Marine Corps League salute after placing a wreatt at the Aiken County Veterans Memorial Park on Monday.Area
By AMY BANTON
The sun shone upon the Aiken County Veteran’s Memorial Park as individuals who sacrificed their all were honored Monday.
The James L. Hammons Marine Corps League, Detachment 939, held its annual Memorial Day service Munday aftemiHui. Several residents, including veterans and their families, attended the event.
Etched into the wall of the memorial are three local men who have lost their li\es in the recent Middle East conflicts. All three were recognized during the ceremony: Staff Sgt, Willie Harley Jr., 48, of Aiken, who died in combat last year in Afghanistan on Oct. I; Cpl. Matt Dillon, 25, of Aiken, killed in action in Iraq on Dec. 11,
2007; and Spc. Jason Moski.
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Staff photo by Amy Banton Rear Admiral Henry Herrera speaks at the James L. Hammons Detachment 939 Marine Corps League s annual Memorial Day service.
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24, a Wagener native killed in combat in Iraq in 2005.
A wreath of red, w hite and blue flowers was placed at the wall by members of the Marine Corps, and “Taps” was played.
Veterans from v arious wars who were present were also recognized at the ceremony by the Manne Corps League.
This year’s speaker was Rear Admiral Henry (Hank)
I lerrcra, a veteran of the United States Na\ y. (>rigi-nally from Miami Spnngs, Fla., Herrera is a 1966 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and has had a long, impressive military background. I Ie spent a majority of his career in the Nuclear Submarine Serv ice from 1968 to 1997.
"On this Memorial Day, it is especially humbling to stand here in unifonn and speak about countless American heroes we honor this spe
cial day," Herrera said.
Herrera said Memorial Day, at one time, seemed to be at risk of only becoming just another day off from work or a reason to enjoy a barbecue, but aw areness of the sacrifices members of the military
make has been renewed. He wasn’t sure what exactly caused that shift toward awareness, whether it be the experiences from recent for-cign conflicts or how mov ies
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By ERIC TUCKER
WASHINGTON, DX’. — Americans from Washington, DX’., to California marked Memorial Day with parades, barbecues and somber reflection in a holiday infused with fresh meaning by the approaching 10th anniversary of the Sept. II terrorist attacks.
I he National Memorial Day Parade in Washington honored veterans and America’s war dead but also featured special tributes to Sept. 11 first responders, victims and their families. The holiday
comes less than a month after U.S. Navy SEALS shot and killed Osama bm Laden, who masterminded the attacks.
Elsewhere, military jets thundered through the sky above New York aller a wreath-laying ceremony aboard an aircraft carrier that’s been turned into a museum, while hundreds of volunteers put small flags on the 25,000 graves at a sprawling military cemetery near Las Vegas. U.S. troops lighting in Afghanistan also took time out to remember fallen comrades.
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Theories surround the naming of Beech Island
By AMY BANTON
A common question when visitors come to Beech Island is how did the town get its name.
Several theories have formed over the years behind the name of the oldest settled area in Aiken County, according to Jackie Hartley, president of the Beech Island Historical Society.
The area was first known as Sav anna Town from as far back as 1685, derivmg from the Savanna Indians who stemmed from the Shawnee tribe, according to the Beech Island Historical Society. In 1730, the area became known as New Windsor for a short period of time.
Beech Island had been a nickname that ended up becoming the appellation of the town, Bartley said
Former Gov. James H. Hammond felt as if he was quite confident in
where the name originated.
Hammond quoted, “Up on the Bluff, above Sandbar Ferry, and slightly below, the whole hillside was covered with large beech trees The Indians called it Beech Highland in their language, and when settlers moved in, they gave the English form of the name M fhat would be theory No. I. Bartley said the European settlers dropped the “h” in Highland when they pronounced it, and “‘ighland” or “island” stuck, which is also part of the first theory,
Fort Moore, which was bud! in 1716 to protect settlers and their trade afidt an intense Amcr lean Indian war broke out, was located on a high bluff above the Sav annah River, Bartley said. That bluff was said to be covered in beech trees.
Bartley said that though the beech trees are kind of hard lo find these
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Submitted photA humorous map of Batch Island drawn in 1939 by K.H. Dunbar and Ph. ► Dunbar Jr. reads, "There may be a Beech tree here somewhere."
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