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November 11, 2002

TIFTON - Three generations of soldiers were recognized at the Veterans day ceremony in Tifton today.

The youngest veteran in the Falotico family is John Curtis, he's a Tifton police officer who received a $1,000 scholarship from the VFW for his family's dedicated service to the armed forces. John Curtis' grandfather was stationed in the South Pacific during World War Two, and his father fought in Vietnam.

"I followed in my dad's footsteps, and I'm real proud John followed in mine in Serbia and Kosovo being a paratrooper, it just runs in the family." John Falotico said.

One of Georgia's only remaining World War One veterans was also in attendance, 109-year-old Jack Bennett. Bennett left his job as a machinist to work on airplanes for the U-S Navy at a base in Ireland. Only 310 World War I Veterans are still living in America.

posted at 5:45 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com