SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The 47th annual Stand Up for America Day Parade in Port Wentworth was held on Saturday, continuing Mayor P.B. Edwards Junior started the parade in 1971 after witnessing soldiers being poorly treated during the war in Vietnam.
Edwards himself was permanently injured during World War 2.Since then, the parade has been held in Port Wentworth on the last Saturday of April.
The parade honors service men and women from the past and the present.
"Soldiers come from all over the United States," said Lt. Col. Jay Wisham. "To include coastal Georgia. And this is just a good way for us to continue to build those ties with our community. And it means a lot that we get recognized by the folks who we serve. We proudly come out here and support these kinds of events year round."
The parade started at Port Wentworth Elementary School. Troy Alford and our Wright Gazaway had the privilege of hosting the parade.