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05/29/04

Armed Forces Are Honored for Their Bravery

Savannahians honor military service members. Savannahians honor military service members.

People from around the Coastal Empire and Low Country are taking time out this Memorial Day weekend to honor our nation's military heroes. On Saturday, they gathered together on River Street for the Third Annual Armed Forces Festival.

Many people paid tribute to those who have delivered us from our enemies, and given us our freedoms. It's military service Army Veteran Jerry Walker said he did with honor. "I was proud to serve my country regardless of where I had to go, I was proud to serve," proclaimed Walker.

On Saturday, grateful Americans saluted our heroes. It's a recognition some say should be everyday, not just once a year. "Everyday it's appropriate to thank a veteran, and to realize and ponder this great gift we have.freedom. And to realize its temporary, its not free," said First District Congressman Jack Kingston.

Many residents said Memorial Day is also a day to honor not only our Veterans, but those still serving overseas as well. "There are kids over there.18 year old kids over there. who are doing heroic things," exclaimed Marine Corps Inspector Instructor, Robert Hawkins.

Their military contributions are granting us the freedom to celebrate soldiers from the past and the future. "The men and women who serve today are making sure we continue to live in a safe, secure, free nation. We need to remember them, honor and respect them as well," said Twelfth District Representative, Max Burns.

The festival continues through Sunday, with live bands, plenty of food, information booths and arts and crafts.

Reported by: Melanie A. Ruberti; mruberti@wtoc.com

 

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