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12/07/05

Cadets Honor Graduate Killed at Pearl Harbor

The cadets at the Benedictine Military School paid tribute to veterans, and a Savannah man who gave his life at Pearl Harbor.

Today, the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, American Legion Post 184 hosted the ceremony remembering Staff Sgt. George Gannam, the first Savannahian to die at Pearl Harbor. Gannam was also a BC graduate. An American flag was presented to the Gannam family, who then gave the flag to Benedictine for daily use.

Leon Leach from Post 184 says this ceremony touches many people. "I think with the things occurring in the world today and with my two boys being mobilized this month and going to Iraq in January, I think this one has special significance more so than in the past."

This is the 60th annual Gannam Day Ceremony. WTOC's vice president and general manager Bill Cathcart served as the special guest speaker.

Cadet Lt. Col. Blair Ritzert received the God and Country Medal and Sgt. Francis LaRossa was awarded the George K. Gannam Memorial Medal.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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