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08/02/03

Savannah Sand Gnats Honor Soldiers

People in Savannah honored our military service men and women with a good old fashioned baseball game. Saturday night, the Savannah Sand Gnats and team fans said thank you to local troops at their Military Appreciation Night.

They also remembered those soldiers who never made it back with a wreath laying ceremony and a twenty one gun salute.

Tammy Williams lost her brother, Third ID soldier Captain Jason Korn in Iraq last April. She said the ceremony mean a lot to her family. "I knew his name was coming up...it made me cry...to know that I will never see my brother again...blind sides me...it just gets me," said Tammy.

Captain Korn's mother, Annette Hale, also attended the ceremony. She threw out the game's first pitch. "It was such an honor, and honoring the guys that came back from Iraq, the men and women...its just a privilege to be here, " said Annette.

That's a sentiment felt by many, especially Third ID soldiers who have seen the battle in Iraq first hand. Third ID Band Member, Sergeant Crystal Miller said, " I think its good that everybody remembers what's going on and they pay attention. Especially when they're having fun, they don't forget somebody's out there, working hard, so they can do that."

After the game, the Sand Gnats also recognized recipients of the Purple Heart Award. Then they capped the evening off with a spectacular fireworks show.

Reported by : Melanie Ruberti, mruberti@wtoc.com

 

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