The Maydaze Foundation's 15th annual Armed Forces Day ceremony has been set for Saturday.

The event is designed to show support and respect to all those who are serving or have served in all branches of the military, as well as those who serve our communities as First Responders.

The ceremony is set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Davis Park in Winnsboro. Local officials and members of the Patriot Guard Riders, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and other veterans’ organizations are slated to attend.

Along with honoring veterans, the Maydaze Foundation and Patriot Guard members also respect and honor all First Responder organizations that serve our communities and state.

All veterans and families, as well as the public, are encouraged to attend the celebration. The event is free to public.

Traditionally observed on the third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day is part of Armed Forces Week beginning the second Saturday of May and ending on the third Sunday of May. The last Monday of May is Memorial Day which was established to honor all veterans who died while serving in the nations’ armed forces.

The Maydaze celebration at the park will conclude with a ringing of the bell for each branch of the military, as well as for first responders, in honor and respect for those who have served and are currently serving.

Following the ceremony, the Maydaze benefit with continue at the home of Terry and Becky Simmons in Crowville with a crawfish boil, auction, and raffle to raise money for a variety of veterans’ charities, including scholarships in memory of fallen soldiers from our area. Entry to the event is $25 per person.

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