COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It's the 31st year that the First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia has honored our state's veterans and active duty military for the Carolina Celebration of Liberty.
Steve Phillips is the minister of music and associate pastor and joined WIS-TV to make sure veterans know there's an open seat for them.
First Baptist Church has welcomed our state's veterans for the past 30 years and will do so again ahead of the July 4th holiday.
Hundreds of veterans and their families have already received free tickets for this year's Carolina Celebration of Liberty and there are still open spots for so many more to enjoy this annual event.
Rev. Phillips says, "All veterans will be honored guests along with six very notable, prestigious veterans who will be the special honorees. All special honorees will be introduced with their military histories read and valor awards that have been bestowed for acts of unprecedented bravery."
Along with spectacular music, historical drama, multi-media presentations, the salute to the armed forces with honor guards from all branches of the military, territorial flags carried by new recruits from Ft. Jackson, the 282nd Army Band, a cast of more than 400, and indoor fireworks.
This flag-waving event is one of the largest, longest-running patriotic events in the southeast.
The Carolina Celebration of Liberty is this Sunday, July 1 at First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia. Performances are at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are free - but you need one to enter, so call 803-217-3250 to receive your ticket.