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Patriotic day set

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2002

The finishing touches are being put on what organizers hope will be a patriotic day.

The second annual Red, White, and Blue Veterans' Celebration will take place on May 25 behind the Evans Kroger.

"I think it's going to be a great day for Columbia County and anyone else who comes," Columbia County Commissioner Jim Whitehead said.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. and is scheduled to go until 9 p.m., closing with a large fireworks show. Attendees will be treated to music by the Fort Gordon Signal Corps Band and will get a chance to see a canine demonstration along with a parade that will feature the Columbia County Fire Department.

The Signal Corps will play the anthem for each of the five military branches. Event coordinator Stacey Adkins said she remembers seeing members of each branch stand up when their song was being played the previous year.

"To see 70-year-old men crying is touching," Adkins said.

The American Legion 192 will be on hand to demonstrate the proper way to retire a flag. Officials said between six and eight flags will be retired but anyone wishing to retire a flag may take it to a designated drop off site.

"Because a lot of people bought flags after Sept. 11, we thought they may not know what do to with them," Adkins said. "So they can bring them to us."

Organizers say the event has grown from last year. The parade and the flag retirement ceremony are both new. Adkins said she hopes to get additional attractions for next year's event.

"I wasn't sure if we were going to be able to top last year, but I think we've done it," Whitehead said.



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