Myrtle Beach hosts parade, picnic for Memorial Day

As part of the Myrtle Beach's Military Appreciation Days, the city held its annual Memorial Day Parade on Saturday morning.

Floats, community organizations and members of the military made their way down ocean boulevard in downtown Myrtle Beach, as onlookers waved flags in support of those who have served our country.

"It's nice. I think people are honoring veterans more now than they every did, so thanks a lot," Matt Osborne of Murrells Inlet said.

This year's grand marshal was former National Football League halfback Rocky Bleier from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Along with the parade, a family picnic was also hosted at the former Pavilion site in Myrtle Beach. The picnic had live music, a meet and greet with the parade's Grand Marshal, and samples of what military personnel eat when they're deployed.

"They give a little bigger portions here than we used to get," John Zipko of Myrtle Beach said as he smiled.

But for those who have served, Memorial Day is much more than just picnics and parades.

"I always say it's hard to say happy Memorial Day. I should say let's have a reflective, remembering, Memorial Day. And this day is especially just for the ones that gave us the ultimate sacrifice," Kris Tourtellotte of Little River said.

There are more Memorial Day events happening on the Grand Strand and Pee Dee.