Sequestration is hitting Savannah pretty hard, especially during St. Patrick's week, which was also deemed the U.S. Navy leagues week. Now three Coast Guard cutters that were supposed to be docked along the river, which is a popular attraction for all, will no longer be coming to Savannah to participate in the parade.
According to the Navy League of Savannah, this is a direct result of the sequestration cuts.
The US Navy has canceled the USCGC Eagle visit, but the Navy League is continuing to participate and is supporting the USS Alaska crew from Kings Bay.
The USCGC Eagle was part of the tall ships festival last year. The Coast Guard Cutter Oak, which is based in Charleston and the USS Stout and its crew of 300, 150 of whom were scheduled to march in the parade. Now they won't be part of the celebration either.
"I really feel sad, because it's all of us, a lot of the parade goers, everybody literally from around the country, people that come to Savannah for this big event, up and down the river, they aren't going to see our navy services," said the President of the Savannah Navy League, Pat Yovich.
Also, the Gold Team from the USS Alaska based in Kings Bay were scheduled to come, but because of federal cuts their bus was cancelled. Now those submariners are coming up in their personal vehicles for the day.
Also, the keynote speaker of the Jasper Green ceremony scheduled for Friday in Madison Square, Rear Adm. William D. Baumgarter, will no long be coming to Savannah after his trip was cancelled due to cuts.
Yovich said all they can do is show our support to the military that will be present, so they can take it back and share it with others.