MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Veterans of the American Armed Forces and active-duty military are invited to be the guests of honor at the Second Annual Myrtle Beach Memorial Day Tribute, which is scheduled for 2 p.m., on Monday, May 26, 2014 at Grand 14 Cinemas at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach.  

The event is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach, the Center for Military & Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Goldfinch Funeral Home and Grand 14 Cinemas.

The Myrtle Beach Memorial Day Tribute at Grand 14 Cinemas is free to the public, and complimentary popcorn and soft drinks will be served courtesy of the theater.  The event will include public recognition of veterans and active duty military, a performance of patriotic music, a color guard presentation and a screening of the documentary film Lions in Blue & Gray: Joshua Chamberlain and Stonewall Jackson.

The feature documentary is a dual biography of two Civil War commanders, General Joshua L. Chamberlain and General Stonewall Jackson.  As colonel of the 20th Maine Infantry, Chamberlain defended the far left flank of the Northern line on Little Round Top at the battle of Gettysburg, and is credited by many with saving the battle for the Union.  Jackson rose from an obscure instructor at Virginia Military Institute to become General Robert E. Lee's famous "right arm," and was renowned as a Southern military genius before his death following the battle of Chancellorsville.

"As the nation observes the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, it seems appropriate to focus on two American military commanders of that era - one Northern and one Southern - who became famous for their personal leadership as well as their military abilities," says author and historian Rod Gragg, who is the producer of the documentary.  "Both were important historical figures whose lives and careers offer many lessons in leadership, and their biographies are fascinating life stories."

"We hope that both visitors to the Myrtle Beach area and residents will attend the Myrtle Beach Memorial Day Tribute. It's a great opportunity for all of us to show our appreciation for Americans in uniform," said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. "The tradition of Memorial Day is setting aside time to spend with family and appreciate our freedoms, but we always want to remember that the holiday's  original purpose is to remember and honor those in uniform who have secured our freedoms by making the ultimate sacrifice."

"This program is a welcome complement to Military Appreciation Days. The film's history lesson puts military service into perspective, and the event rounds out the overall objective of saying ‘thanks' to veterans and their families for their sacrifices," said Mark Kruea, spokesperson for the City of Myrtle Beach.