Augusta celebrates Veterans Day

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November 10, 2006

It was like a celebration downtown today, but it's a day to remember how much some people gave for you.

Because of places like Fort Gordon and Fort Jackson, this area of Georgia and South Carolina has lots of veterans.

This Veterans Day, it's time to say thanks for the sacrifice. And the weather, unlike some years, is just about perfect today.

Of course, Veterans Day is actually Saturday. But these days, it's turned into a week of events honoring people who've served in the armed forces.

One of the highlights every year is the parade through downtown Augusta.

The Signal Corps Band and other music groups were there. So were lots of antique cars carrying military veterans. The ever-present Shriners added their touch of joy and fun to the festivities.

Anybody who's served feels a little of that pride on this day.

"I'm proud of these boys," said veteran Paul Rabon. "My son-in-law is in the military. I'm down here for the Veterans Day weekend, and because of him."

"I get an adrenaline rush," said veteran David Tennant. "I really enjoy seeing veterans, and really enjoy being a part of this, the whole endeavor, the whole thing that's going on."

At the end of the parade, there was the tradition of placing wreaths at the monuments in Olde Town.

Incidentally, here's a question we get every year: why don't all the schools close?

The answer is there's no legal requirement to do that. States and local school districts have their own policies.

Of course, Richmond County schools were out today.