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Veterans Day in Vidalia
Wednesday, 11 November 2009

November 11--  There was a fullhouse at the annual Veterans Day program Wednesday in Vidalia with veterans young and old attending.


LTC Stanley Fugate (left) and Marvin Aldridge, U.S. Army (Retired)

The oldest is 88-year-old former Army First Sergeant Marvin Aldridge.  "I'm proud that I could go and serve.  I was wounded twice in Germany and once in Korea.  I got the Silver Star and every medal below it," he remembers.

First Sergeant Aldridge attended the program in battle dress and still remembers the men he fought with in three wars.  "I remember them as a statue which will stand forever.  McArthur said once old solders never die, they just fade away, and that's how I feel today," he said.

The veterans heard from Lieutenant Colonel Stanley Fugate, deputy commander of a brigade combat team at Fort Stewart.  "I feel very honored to able to do it.  I've got six uncles back home that served in World War II and Korea.  It's a very personal thing for me," he said.

Fugate's brigade is going back to Iraq next month and he says morale is high in the 3rd Infantry Division.  "We've got a great support group in Fort Stewart.  The community supports us in every way and our morale is great," he believes.

The Veterans Day luncheon is sponsored by the Downtown Vidalia Association with help from a myriad of local groups, businesses and individuals.

ImageA remembrance table is set in memory of veterans who gave their lives for the country and, this year, Taps was played by Vidalia High School bandmaster Tim Quigley and dedicated to the 13 killed at Fort Hood last week.

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