Marines, wounded warriors get rest time in Upstate - FOX Carolina 21

Marines, wounded warriors get rest time in Upstate

Posted: Updated: June 23, 2014 07:23 AM
Monday's parade route. (Source: Honoring Their Service) Monday's parade route. (Source: Honoring Their Service)
SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

As a way to say thanks to the men and women in uniform, some in the Upstate are opening their hearts and homes to Marines for a few days of rest and relaxation.

A group of Marines from Camp Lejeune, NC, and along with injured Marines from the Greenville regiment of the Wounded Warrior Project will arrive in the Upstate on Monday afternoon, headed to Lake Keowee for a few days.

And to welcome their arrival, the public is encouraged to greet them as they are escorted with a parade.

Starting at 2:15 p.m. in Easley at J.B. Red Owens Recreation Complex, crowds can gather to cheer on the motorcade as it heads through downtown Seneca to the lake. More than 300 motorcyclists escorted the Marines in 2013.

"On the motorcycle escort, we like to encourage people of the Upstate get out with their flags and signs and wave as the Marines come by and just demonstrate how much the Upstate appreciates what these young warriors do and sacrifice for our country," said Mike Tarman, events chair and Marine host.

The route will head along U.S. 123 through Easley before taking SC 93 through much of Pickens County then back to 123 in Clemson before ending up on Highway 130. Click here to see the expected times for varying locations along the parade route.

Following the parade, they will spend three days relaxing on Lake Keowee as they are hosted by residents at Keowee Key. They will get the chance to spend time on the lake, go hiking, fishing and tour the Clemson Athletics Department before their trip comes to an end on Thursday.

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