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Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach

By The Caravelle

Did you know that Military Appreciation Days are celebrated in Myrtle Beach in May? Army Veteran and Former Running Back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rocky Bleier, will be among those in attendance at the large family picnic, the parade, the 5k run, and the many military exhibits that will be at the event.

Of course, we appreciate our veterans and service members all year round, but this time of year we like to take a special moment to recognize our U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force. I was in the Navy for three years myself. About a week after high school graduation, I went to Great Lakes, Illinois (where boot camp is located) and I asked myself the same question that every man or woman asks themselves when they first get there, “What in the world have I gotten myself into?!” It’s so challenging, and it was such a big transition from regular life. For me, it wasn’t that hard physically since I’d been in JROTC in high school, but it was still tough.
   
In my opinion, the hardest part during the months at basic training, was the last week when they had “Battle Stations”. It’s where you stay up and do an all-night obstacle course that includes everything that you learned while you were there. You jump out of bed, put on your uniform in like two minutes, then you and your whole division (about 50 of your future shipmates) run all over the base to exercise stations, the big training pool, etc. When you finish, you’re dog tired to put it lightly, but you’re big reward for completing the obstacle course is a huge breakfast …the biggest, longest meal that you get while you’re there. The whole time I was doing Battle Stations, I remember thinking to myself, “I can’t go to beautiful Pensacola if I don’t finish this thing…” That was all the motivation that I needed to complete it and graduate boot camp!

Enjoy the festivities at the Military Appreciation Days here in Myrtle Beach on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The parade on Ocean Blvd. starts at 10:30 am. It begins at  27th Ave. North and ends at 9th Ave. North. The Family Picnic is free to all veterans and military personnel and their families, and is from Noon until 2pm. See you there!




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