The Shem Creek Park Pedestrian Bridge grand opening ceremony was held on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. The program began with a ribbon cutting and ceremonial bridge crossing.

Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie led the ceremony with an introduction. Following the introduction, South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth spoke a few words in memory of the beloved author Dorothea Benton Frank that passed away in September and read a poem titled "Shem Creek."

Next, Mount Pleasant Town Engineer and Project Manager Kevin Mitchell thanked the town, Thomas and Hutton Engineering, the Shem Creek families and businesses and the entire community for making this project possible. 

Mount Pleasant Historical Commission Chair Rick Gutowski shared that the Pedestrian Bridge has been rededicated to four Mount Pleasant men that gave their lives in World War II; Lt. Col. Hampden E. Montgomery, 1st Lt. William C. Daniels, 2nd Lt. Robert F. Lancaster and Boatswain James M. Deer. 

Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce President Shane Griffin explained the MPCC's excitement for this bridge and that they are thrilled to see business is strong in the town.

Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed refreshments at Tavern and Table on Shem Creek.