Enlistment Steady at Savannah Marine Recruitment Office - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

03/19/03

Enlistment Steady at Savannah Marine Recruitment Office

The President's ultimatum runs out in just a few hours and war could follow at any time. WTOC hit the streets to see what you think about impending war. The mood from most is go USA. Everyone is throwing their support behind our troops with a clear message that they just want them to come home safely.

Third ID troops, men and women who call Savannah home, will play an important role in the war in Iraq, but where do you stand?

"I sympathize with the troops," said William Anderson of Savannah. "I understand their families suffer through some obstacles, but we will pull through and do what we have to do."

"I feel it's actually a good thing for us," said fellow resident Joy Peeler. "It's something that needs to be done to make sure we are protected and we are secure in our country."

"I don't want anyone to get hurt, but I'm glad that these young men and women are willing to do their duty for the country," added Sgt. Ed Williams, a recruiter for the Marine Corps.

At recruitment offices across the Coastal Empire, there's been no drop-off in people coming in and signing up, getting ready to serve.

"Very much especially in Savannah, there are a lot of patriotic men and women who came in to join," said Williams.

Coming in and joining--even at the brink of war--many are United by the spirit of freedom.

"If we go to war tonight, I can pray tonight for everybody over there and hopefully everyone will come home safe," said Savannahian Sharon Crittenden.

Tomorrow more people will support the troops locally as the Rally for America takes off at the Civic Center.

Reported by: Ryan Young, ryoung@wtoc.com

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