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York City to Honor Korean War Veteran TJ Martin with Bench Dedication Ceremony

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POW, MIA Veteran TJ Martin to be Honored in York

The city of York, S.C., is set to hold a Bench Dedication ceremony this weekend in honor of Korean War veteran TJ Martin, who was a Prisoner of War (POW) twice during his service. The dedication will take place on Saturday, January 27, at the York Veterans Memorial Park on East Liberty Street.

Martin, originally from Clover, passed away on May 15, 2023. He was held as a POW for two and a half years during the Korean War. On his return to his home state, he tirelessly campaigned for legislation to recognize South Carolina’s former World War II POWs and contributed to the design of the South Carolina State POW Medal.

Honoring a Hero

The Bench Dedication event is being organized by Rolling Thunder South Carolina Chapter 1, starting at 2 PM. The ceremony will commemorate Martin’s contribution and sacrifice to his country. There will be several speakers at the event, each providing insight into the significance of the event, Martin’s life, and activities related to POW-MIA affairs.

One of the highlights of the event will be the explanation of The Missing Man Table. This is a memorial often seen on military dining facilities to honor fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service members.

The Event will Shine, Rain or Shine

Despite the weather conditions, the event is scheduled to go on as planned. It is an open invitation to all to come and honor this great hero, who displayed immense bravery and resilience during his service. The dedication of a bench in Martin’s memory is a small token of gratitude for his significant contributions and sacrifices. It serves as a physical reminder of the price many brave men and women paid for our freedom.

Such events are crucial for us as a community to honor and remember those who have risked their lives to protect our country and its values. They remind us of the brave and selfless individuals such as TJ Martin, who chose honor over comfort, duty over ease. Their legacy motivates future generations to uphold the same values of courage, duty, and respect for which they stood.


As York gears up to honor one of its brave sons, let’s take a moment to remember and appreciate all veterans. Their courage, dedication, and sacrifice make our world a safer place.

HERE Rock Hill
Author: HERE Rock Hill

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