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June 9, 2004

Albany -- As the nation prepares for President Ronald Reagan's funeral Friday, a South Georgia man will be at the center of the ceremony.

21 year old West Point Cadet Jamie Pittman of Worth County was chosen as a member of the military honor guard for the arrival of the former president's casket in Washington. Pittman's mother says her son flew to the Capitol this morning, and he says he's honored to play a part in the funeral.

"They have been training all day for the funeral procession and the march to get everything to perfection," says Peggy Pittman.

Eighty-one West Pointers were chosen to march in the procession.

Nineteen-year-old Warren Ballard of Thomasville is a Marine based in Washington, D. C. He was chosen to go to California earlier this week as part of the Presidential Honor Guard. He will remain there to participate in the burial of President Reagan Friday evening.

His father, Kevin Ballard says, "We're very proud of him. This is something he's wanted to do, as far as serving the country and the Marines in particular, and to be able to be selected for this honor was just wonderful."

Sylvester's Trey Williams is a cadet at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Growing up, he spent a lot of time in South Georgia with his grandfather, Frank Paulk.

Williams will be part of the honor guard in Reagan's funeral service.

"He's a member of the Wings of Blue, which is a jump team. And they chose this jump team, the Wings of Blue to be the jump team for Ronald Reagan," Paulk said.

Williams just finished his second year at the Academy.

posted at 5:53PM by scott.hunter@walb.com