Veterans honored at Grand Strand events

Student at MB Intermediate takes a picture of Bill Murray and Bert Cassels, they are both veterans.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) - Recognizing those who serve our country is the reason we observe Veterans Day. Although Veterans Day was officially Sunday, many events in our area on Monday were focused on thanking those in the armed forces.

"Veterans will always help veterans period. No iff's, and's, or but's about it," former State Commander Carroll Prosser told a crowd at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center plaza.

More than a hundred people came out to honor those who have made tremendous sacrifices for our country.

"Sometimes we look around and the only thing we see are veterans helping veterans. That's all the help we get sometimes. Because most people that have not served in the military don't know what we went through," said Prosser.

"It's good to have all the veterans get together and go over things in the past and look for the future and support all the veterans that we can especially all the ones coming back with all their wounds and stuff like that," added Paul Youngblood. He served in the Army and Air Force.

Just down the street, American flags line the entrance of Myrtle Beach Intermediate School. They're in honor or memory of a service member. Outside the front entrance sat a younger generation, eager with questions for two veterans.

"I was probably more verbose than I should've been because once I start talking about submarines I kind of get carried away," said Bill Murray, a WWII Navy veteran.

Murray enjoys talking to kids and the admiration was returned. Several students wanted a picture with him and Bert Cassels, a Vietnam veteran.

"These kids don't know anything about what happened in the World War, it's kind of Greek to them. But to see like people talking about it, I think does something to them as well as to us," added Murray. "Looking at those children and observing their enthusiasm in their faces, and not about economical status or race or anything. And this is what I want to see America to be like. And I'm just so grateful that I've lived long enough to see some of these things come to pass."

A group of students raised $527 for Honor Flight by selling American flags. The money is enough to sponsor one WWII veteran to go on the trip to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial.