By Jennifer Tuohy, The Island Connection Editor
Last Friday the streets of Johns Island were buzzing with the sounds of cheering Islanders as St John’s High School’s Homecoming parade brought the island to a standstill.
Starting at Haut Gap Middle School on Bohicket Road, the parade travelled to St. John’s High School on Main Road. For the first time, the parade was a true community affair, incorporating numerous Sea Islands’ service organizations and businesses. Also for the first time, the American Veterans of the Sea Islands joined the parade, with veterans from Johns and Wadmalaw islands cruising down Main in Corvettes.
“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to honor the American Veterans of the Sea Islands,” Jimmy Bailey, Kiawah Island Community Association’s chief operating officer, said before the event. “As we all know, our veterans have done so much to protect our freedom and we look forward to spending the day showing just how much we appreciate them during this fun, family-friendly event.”
American Veterans of the Sea Islands was established by KICA’s Kiawah Cares program as a way to recognize and honor veterans from the local area. The organization hopes to provide socialization opportunities for the veterans who are sometimes geographically isolated and without transportation.
A community tailgate followed the parade, with food donated by Legare Farms, Britons BBQ, BiLo and the Charleston Tea Plantation. The big game began at 7.30 p.m., with The Islanders taking on Beaufort’s Whale Branch Warriors. The Islanders fell 28 to 14, but the excitement of a fun-filled Homecoming night was never dampened.
Veterans interested in joining AVSI should call 768.9194 or email email@example.com.
Photos by Ralph Secoy.