The Christian View magazine is making this past print issue available to read in digital format. This Veterans Tribute Issue was printed as a special supplement to The Christian View magazine’s weekly online magazine at that time. This issue was the first issue printed by Lighthouse Printing and was the first all-color print issue. 

Click on the front cover above to read this 44-page issue, with 58 photographs, dedicated to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces, including those Americans who gave the ultimate sacrifice. 

This issue includes the following articles:

Flags for Fallen Military and the Patriot Guard Riders honor the memory of Private First Class Barrett Austin, with an American flag and a flagpole installed at the home of Barrett Austin’s parents, Curt and Yolanda Austin.

A Memorial Park to honor Captain Kimberly Hampton at the Easley Library named in her memory. (The Christian View magazine’s online magazine at that time also included an in-depth article, with more than 60 photographs, about the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Golf Tournament and an article on Operation Dragonfly.)

The Pickens community, including the Boy Scouts of Troop 51, honor SP4 Charles Johnson, Jr., who was the first person from Pickens County to die in the Vietnam War.

A monument is dedicated in the memorial garden at the Boy Scouts Troop 51 Scout Hut in memory of former Troop 51 Eagle Scout Ephriam Rutledge ‘Rut’ Liles, of Pickens, who died in the Vietnam War.

Quilts of Valor are presented to local veterans Bill Duckworth, Milton ‘Milt’ Ponder, Robert Raines, and Steven Raines.

Milton ‘Milt’ Ponder accepts a Quilt of Valor on behalf of his friends ‘Rut’ Liles and John Reaves, who died during the Vietnam War in 1969.

Former prisoners of war with ties to Clemson are honored: Colonel Bill Austin (former Vietnam War POW), Colonel Ben Skardon (former World War II POW), and First Lieutenant Bill Funchess (former Korean War POW).

World War II veteran John Holcombe and his wife, Rema, share memories about their lives and about his time serving in the United States Army during World War II.

The Vietnam Moving Wall is displayed at the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative in Westminster. 

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the United States Department of Defense honor Mildred Brewer for honoring Vietnam veterans and their families.

Men and women who have served our nation are honored at the Pickens County Veterans Parade and Show in Liberty.

South Carolina State Representatives Davey Hiott and Gary Clary present former prisoner of war First Lieutenant William ‘Bill’ Funchess of Clemson with The Order of the Palmetto at Pickens County’s Salute to Veterans Show.

The American Legion Pickens Post 11 dedicates the War Memorial Wall and Flagpole at the American Legion Hut.

Lieutenant Clebe McClary speaks in the chapel service as Southern Wesleyan University honors veterans.

Southern Wesleyan University’s new military monument (the idea for which came from Command Sergeant Major Dr. Robert ‘Bob’ Nash) pays tribute to members of our nation’s armed forces.

From Sassafras Mountain to the city of Pickens, veterans begin their walk across the state to raise awareness for South Carolina Arrows for Heroes.

Clemson University Military and Veteran Engagement welcomes veterans from South Carolina Arrows for Heroes at Clemson University’s Scroll of Honor Memorial Park.

Honoring Their Service Ride — Special Operations Command Marines based at Camp LeJeune and Wounded Warriors are welcomed at Southern Wesleyan University.