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Albany Veteran's Day observance rained on

November 11, 2002

Albany -- Heavy rain during one of the largest Veterans Day Celebrations in Southwest Georgia. The rain forced Albany Veteran's Day ceremony to be moved indoors. But the rain could not dampen the spirit of the people who came to honor America's veterans.

 The heavy rain forced the Georgia Veterans Reunion Organization's annual Veterans Day Program to be moved into the courthouse.

 Only a few dozen attended the ceremony. The Westover High ROTC color guard presented the colors, while the Dougherty High Band played the national anthem. A wreath was placed to remember the fallen veterans, who died in defense of the nation.

The speaker was Albany native James Blaylock. A Vietnam veteran who lost his right hand when his Medivac Helicopter was shot down in 1967.

Now Blaylock is the Prosthetics Chief at the Veterans Medical Center in Decatur. Blaylock said he hoped "That individuals who have sacrificed so much for the freedom of this nation, be thanked in some humble way." Organizers hope more Americans will observe Veterans Day. Veteran Charlie Mathis said "Freedom isn't free, some have paid the ultimate sacrifice."

Taps was played at the end of the ceremony, remembering the men and women who have given their lives to preserve the freedom enjoyed in the United States. But also to remember the many still serving today.

 Veterans Day grew from the old Armistice Day holiday. It was started in remembrance of the ending of World War One on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

posted at 3:37 by jimw@walb.com