COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – Gov. McMaster and the state’s national guard honored South Carolina’s Gold Star Families Tuesday afternoon at the State House.

The Governor and First Lady Peggy McMaster were joined Monday by Gold Star families, S.C. Adjutant General Van McCarty, and representatives from the S.C. National Guard’s Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) to install a Tree for the Fallen.

This is a Christmas tree commemorating the sacrifices made by South Carolina’s Gold Star families and their loved ones. 

The tree, which will remain in the governor’s office hallway throughout the holiday season, holds over 600 gold stars, reflecting the loss of South Carolina-connected service members since January 2014.

Governor McMaster started the tradition in 2019, and the tree has been a holiday fixture in the Governor’s Office each year since.

You can watch the full event below: