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Military Salute: Frank Baker

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah's military community lost a tireless worker over the weekend in the death of veteran and volunteer Frank Baker.

Baker's military service continued long after him military career. The retired Air Force Lt. Colonel worked for years with the 165th Airlift Wing's family support groups.

His efforts extended beyond welcome home ceremonies and fundraising.

For example, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, he came up with a service to turn photos into iron-on transfers for pillow cases so children and spouses could have their loved one's image as the first and last thing they saw each night. 

He also worked on the Armed Forces festival each Memorial Day weekend on River Street to show more people the military presence in the Coastal Empire.

But Saint Patrick's Day gave Baker a chance to connect two of his passions: Savannah's Irish and military communities. In 1979, he helped establish a ceremony on the eve of Savannah's biggest day.

It started at the feet of a statue to Sgt. William Jasper as a way to remember the military service of Savannah's Irish. It has grown to a huge observance and a somber memorial in the midst of more light hearted revelry.

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