A group of 41 Marines from the Marine Special Operations Command in Camp Lejeune and the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment are in the Upstate this week at Lake Keowee in Oconee County. Their mission, to get far away from the stress of combat.
More than 400 motorcycles escorted the soldiers from Easley to Seneca today.
Event coordinator Tim Callahan of Lake Keowee says these troops will be able to relax for the next several days, as guests of Keowee Key community residents.
“They’ll be playing golf, tennis, and kayaking, water skiing, jet skiing, archery and fishing, generally having a good time and having a chance to unwind and get away from the rigors and the strains of preparing for combat, or coming back from combat or recovering from their various ailments,” Callahan says.
Among the Marines taking part is Corporal Walter Smith of Honea Path. He was impressed with the welcome they got from civilians as they travelled to Lake Keowee. There was a parade that escorted them through Liberty, Norris, Central, Clemson and Seneca.
“It’s really special to see that people still appreciate what we are doing 11 years after the war started,” says Smith.
Tuesday night, the Town of Seneca will treat the troops to a “Veterans Appreciation Evening.”
The Marines will be at Lake Keowee until Thursday.