Events honor veterans
By Leader staff report
November 18, 2010
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William Campbell, a Korean War veteran, and Silvia Butler, Fort Jackson's installation transportation officer, salute the flag as the national anthem plays during a Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony Nov. 10 at Gate 1.
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Staff Sgt. William Paige, a drill sergeant leader with the Drill Sergeant School; Jack Van Loan, a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War; Post Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall; and Maj. Gen. James Milano, Fort Jackson' commanding general, show their respects during a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 10 at Gate 1.
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Staff Sgt. Adam Arruda, 187th Ordnance Battalion, marches with the battalion's Soldiers in the City of Columbia's Veterans Day parade Nov. 11. Right, retired Col. Charles Murray interacts with the crowd during the parade. Murray, who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II, served as the parade marshal.
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Thousands of members of the Fort Jackson and Columbia communities took advantage of the sunny weather to pay honor to service members past and present on Veterans Day.
This year's activities got off to an early start with a wreath-laying ceremony at Gate 1 Nov. 10. The guest speaker was Jack Van Loan, a former Air Force pilot who was a prisoner of war for six years during the Vietnam War. On Veterans Day, Fort Jackson Soldiers, led by Maj. Gen. James Milano, took part in the City of Columbia's 32nd annual parade in honor of the nation's veterans.
The parade's grand marshal was retired Col. Charles Murray, one of two living Medal of Honor recipients in the Midlands. Soldiers from the 187th Ordnance Battalion and the 282nd Army Band participated in the parade through downtown Columbia.
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