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Military, city leaders come together for Sgt. William Jasper Ceremony

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

St. Patrick's Day Weekend in Savannah kicked off Friday afternoon with the Sergeant William Jasper Memorial Ceremony in Madison Square.

This event is the only St. Patrick's Day tradition dedicated solely to the military. Sergeant Jasper was an Irish-American who fought and died defending Savannah in the Revolutionary War. Even before he died, there was a unit of the Georgia Militia based in Savannah that bore his name.

The ceremony honors all servicemen and women, with special recognition for those of Irish descent. The Irish Air Corps Pipe Band, the 3rd Infantry Division Band were all present at the event. Grand Marshall Jimmy Ray and City of Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson were also there.

 Frank Baker with the St. Patrick's Day Committee says the recent events in Khandahar make this week the perfect time to honor our military.

"We honor them, especially this week, the six soldiers from the Third ID who lost their lives."

The memorial ceremony originated in 1979.

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