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Savannah celebrates veterans with annual parade


Savannah celebrated veterans here at home with their annual Veteran's Day Parade.

Nintey-nine units marched through the streets of downtown this morning, including several veterans chapters, Junior ROTC from Savannah Chatham Public Schools, Effingham County and Benedictine, along with lots of boy and girl scouts.

Thousands lined the streets as Veteran of the Year Bob Culter led the way in his vintage car.

One Vietnam veteran from the Combat Veteran's Association who is used to being in the parade was a proud patron and acting historian.

Retired Staff Sgt. Gene Altman was happy to be able to sit back and enjoy the ceremony.

"I'm the chapter ride captain, but my job this year is to take pictures and a parade isn't a parade unless you have people on the sidewalk, so this year, I'm a cheerleader.  And I love it because I love supporting our vets."

A retired intelligence officer under Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf was also on hand to take in the festivities. He talked about how much he has seen Fort Stewart grow over the years.

 "He was a very interesting fellow to work for," retired Lt. Col. Joe Murray said of Schwarzkopf.
"It was the 24th division at that point, the 3rd Infantry Division had not moved in yet. There were temporary buildings back in those days and now they are getting first class facilities that the soldiers enjoy and deserve."

Among Murray's commendations, The Bronze Star, time served with the Green Berets and always a crowd favorite, the Third ID and the Rhythm of the Marne, the Third ID Band.

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