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See Fort Mill as it used to be at History Day

History Days, hosted by the Fort Mill History Museum, opened to the public Saturday after several hundred third graders from five Fort Mill elementary schools attended the event Friday morning at Walter Elisha Park.

Sunday offers the public another chance to take a step back in time and see some of Fort Mill’s past come alive.

Saturday’s events featured performances by the Catawba Dancers, the Charlotte Scottish Country Dance Society and the Jerusalem Baptist Gospel Choir; re-enactor encampments from multiple time periods and a walking tour of Fort Mill’s Historic District presented by the Fort Mill History Society.

In the evening, a special Missing Man Ceremony in honor of American prisoners of war and those still missing in action was presented by Rolling Thunder. The ceremony honored PFC Cecil J. Clark, US Army, of Chester who was lost in 1969 during a river crossing in South Vietnam; Captain Stephen Jay Kott, USMC, of Greenville who was lost in 1967 when his plane went down during a night mission near Hanoi in North Vietnam; Lieutenant Junior Grade William Thomas Carter, US Navy, of Longs who was lost in 1966 during a surveillance flight when is plane was shot down over the Gulf of Tonkin in South Vietnam and First Lieutenant Howard R. Sale, Jr., USAF, of Lexington who was lost in 1967 when his plane was shot down during a mission over the Plain of Jars region near Xiangkhoang, Laos.

American Legion Post 43 guarded the colors and performed taps. The event closed for the night with cannon fire at dusk overseen by Civil War re-enactors from the 6th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry and McIntosh Artillery.

History Days opens at the park Sunday at 10 a.m. with a special church service held at the 6th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry camp. The closing ceremony at 3 pm features Fort Mill Boy Scouts.

Sunday’s full event schedule, including cannon demonstrations and walking tours, is available online at fmhm.org.

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