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Veterans march with pride

County has first parade for Veterans Day

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POSTED: November 7, 2009 4:11 p.m.
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East End Legion Post Cmdr. Dennis Fitzgerald and Liberty County Veterans Council President Paul Spence answer questions before the parade starts.

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Scotty Hutchinson, 78, was a paratrooper in the Korean War nearly 60 years ago and served in the Army for many years after that. And he still prefers to surround himself with soldiers. In fact, Hutchinson said, the older he gets, the more he enjoys the company of fellow veterans.
“There’s a certain cama-
raderie among veterans,” he said.
Hutchinson said now that his four daughters are grown, he spends most of his time with a close-knit group at the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. They have bonded, he said, over their pride in service.
“I’m proud to have done what I did,” Hutchinson said, smiling.
On Saturday, Hutchinson marched in line with other area veterans in Hinesville’s first Veteran’s Day parade. He said it wasn’t something he had to think about twice.
“I love to march. I can still march a long way,” the veteran said.
VFW post commander Steven Wheeler served for 27 years in the Army, including two tours in Vietnam. After serving for the second time as the post commander, he said he’s glad veterans got the chance to participate in a parade honoring them.
He also said he’s looking forward to the post’s annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the VFW. It’s a very special day for him and for many others in the area, he said.
“I’m proud to be a veteran and I’m proud of what I’ve done  for our country and I’ll keep on being proud. And I’m proud of the veterans we have out here on Fort Stewart ... I love this country,” Wheeler said.
Fort Stewart Garrison Commander Col. Kevin Milton will be the guest speaker Wednesday.
Fellow veteran Chris Flanery said celebrating Veterans Day and expressing appreciation for the troops can helps to boost veterans’ spirits.
“It’s a time for us to remember all those who have fallen and those still serving, so it’s very, very important,” he said. “If you see a soldier on the street, a lot of people don’t realize that if you thank them for their service, it means the world to them.”
Check out upcoming editions of the Courier for more Veterans Day coverage.
 

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