Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service.

Veterans Day Parade

Veterans Day

Each year prior to 2015 on Veterans Day, November 11, Post 205 participated in the county-organized parade in Beaufort. In 2015 we decided, because we are a Bluffton post, that we intend to honor future military and veteran events in Bluffton.  Our first opportunity to do so resulted in a very successful parade on November 11, 2015 in Bluffton.  We received full cooperation from the Bluffton Police and Fire Departments and the political and administrative leadership of the town. We enjoy their complete support for this year's parade and expect that support in the future.

Organization and planning for this year's parade turned out to be a great success. The parade route was primarily on Calhoun Street.  Click here for a map of the parade route. If spectator participation grows as expected, we will be extending the parade route in the future.

The following units were in the 2017 parade:

  • Police Department Honor Guard

  • Grand Marshall - Tom Story
  • Mayor Lisa Sulka
  • Lowcountry Radio Group
  • Health Source
  • Built Right Homes
  • Easy to Own Furnishings
  • Omega Graphics
  • Serg Catering
  • Foskey Heating and Air
  • Carolina Dreamers
  • Trail Life USA
  • Boy Scout Troop 241
  • Boy Scout Troop 212
  • Bluffton High School Band
  • Fire Department Honor Guard
  • Parris Island Alumni
  • 104.9 Radio
  • Erich and Jeep
  • Haven Veterans and Patriot Group
  • Dennis J. Becker Post 205 Auxiliary Float
  • Dennis J. Becker Post 205 Float
  • Bluffton Fire Department

A special email address has been set up to deal with any parade communications. If you have anything you want to share with the parade committee, simply click here to send an email to the committee. Current members of the Veterans Day Parade Committee are:

David Hahn -
Art Ranta -
Mike Miranda –
James Gadson –
Bob Sterling –
Dave Robbins –

The email address for the entire committee is

The parade was promoted by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor and Convention Bureau. Click here to see the publicity on their website.

Here are some pictures from last year's parade: