Imperial Sugar Employees March In St. Patrick's Day Parade

It was a last minute decision, but the parade committee approved the Imperial Sugar float without hesitation.
It was a last minute decision, but the parade committee approved the Imperial Sugar float without hesitation.
Thirty Imperial Sugar employees marched in today's parade.
Thirty Imperial Sugar employees marched in today's parade.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - One float that was nice to see this morning was the Imperial Sugar float.

It was a last minute decision, but the parade committee approved their float without hesitation.

St. Patrick's Day in Savannah is a day when the entire community comes together to celebrate, and enjoy each other's company.

For some Imperial Sugar employees it's a day of happiness, something they haven't seen a while.

"It's been a rough way to many funerals were looking toward the future but not forgetting the past," said employee Ginger Faulconer .

Tennessee Hammond is a supervisor for Imperial Sugar and he was 300 feet away from the explosion.

"That will stay on your mind, but we have to carry one and going make the best of what we got now," said Hammond. "And I feel that this is going to be the best sugar refinery when we finish with this."

Full of hope, and thanks according to employee Brenda Rose.

"We thank god for our community," said Rose.

And today the employees took time to show their appreciation for what this community has done and continues to do for the victims of the refinery blast.

"The response just has been phenomenal," said Faulconer.

"This is a big thank you to you to all that they have supported us and been there when we needed them for awhile and there still needs to be a lot done for people in Augusta and families that we have lost," said Hammond.

And each one of the employees are wearing a ribbon to symbolize all the burn victims that are still in Augusta and they will continue to wear them until they all come home.

"We're hanging in there for them and really praying to ask god to pull them through," said Rose.

And while the employees marched through the parade, there was either a standing ovation from the crowd or several hugs and kisses.

And if you weren't at the parade these employees have a special message for you.

"Thank you Savannah we love you," said the Imperial Sugar employees.

A special message that goes a long way.

Thirty employees marched in today's parade.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com