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Marines perform Battle Color Detachment

September 8, 2006

Albany -- Some amazing precision on display at the Albany Civic Center tonight. More than 3,000 people came out to see the Marine Corp Battle Color Detachment perform.

Some south Georgians say events to honor the troops are important.

Pride for our country and military brought a big crowd to see the Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment.

Many people share Laura Milstead's story. She came to honor her cousin Justin Youngblood, who is fighting in Iraq.

"He sends us pictures on the internet of things that go on over there, there was a bomb that went off behind his tent, and you just pray for him every night, and you're just scared," said Laura Milstead.

Scared, but proud of what the military does.

As the Marines stood at attention, it's something 9-year-old Gregory Marshall knows well, he's a young Marine himself.

"We learn discipline, and we learn respect and how to respect others, and it's fun," said Gregory Marshall.

He came to the show to enjoy the drills and hear the band.

For others, it's a time to honor service members.

"He's doing it for us you know so we'll have a nice country, we'll have opportunities and things like that. He's doing it for the next generation," said Laura Milstead.

Serving to protect and preserve the future and freedom of our country.

This year the annual program was moved from the Marine Base to the Civic Center to handle a larger crowd.

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