We are proud to uphold and honor Myrtle Beach’s military history during Military Appreciation Day over Memorial Day Weekend. The Market Common sits on the site of what was the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, used during World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam Conflict and Desert Storm, as a training base for fighters and bombers. The streets are named for people who served at the base, and it is home to Warbird Park, an area with several fighter jets and a memorial to the Myrtle Beach service members.

We salute all those who have served, are currently serving, or who have lost a loved one for their service to our country. We are celebrating Military Appreciation Day with a parade in the Market Common and the prestigious title of Grand Marshal has been awarded to Rocky Bleier, former Pittsburgh Steeler and U.S. Army Veteran.

Rocky Bleier is a 1968 graduate of Notre Dame University and then was drafted by the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. Bleier was drafted into the U.S. Army after his first pro NFL season and volunteered to serve in Vietnam with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. During his deployment, his platoon ran into an ambush during which his legs were wounded. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his bravery and sacrifice. Many doctors told Bleier that he would never play football again, but after two years of physical therapy, he re-joined the Steelers in 1972. This Steelers team would go on to win four Super Bowls. Bleier’s determination and courage is inspiring to us all.

The Military Appreciation Day Parade is sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and begins at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 29 on Farrow Parkway in Market Common. Bleier will meet fans after the parade at the Family Picnic at Valor Memorial Garden.

Join us to celebrate Military Appreciation Day with a day of family-fun!

If you are an active or retired miliary member, please check out our Military Discounts packages for your next vacation at The Beach. Thank you for your service! 

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