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Morgan honors veterans with parade, ceremony

By Sheryl Marsh
DAILY Staff Writer 340-2437

More than 75 people braved chilling temperatures and wind to honor military veterans Saturday at the Morgan County Courthouse.

A parade started on Second Avenue Southeast and ended at the courthouse, where a ceremony recognized men and women of war.

Grand marshal of the parade and keynote speaker for the ceremony was Michael Durant, author of "The Company of Heroes." He stressed the importance of honoring and supporting the U.S. armed forces.

"Through their sacrifice, they have given us freedom that's an all-so-precious gift that we sometimes take for granted," Durant said. "American veterans truly deserves the thanks of a grateful nation. What we do is not enough. It could never be enough."

He encouraged people to support veterans who are now in battle for this country by writing letters, aiding their families and giving to veterans' organizations. Also, he said there may be homeless or elderly veterans who need help.

Durant served in the Army's 160th Special Operations Regiment. He was pilot of "Super Six Four," a Black Hawk helicopter that was hit and crashed during the Battle of Mogadishu in October 1993.

He was a prisoner of war for 11 days and drew worldwide attention when Somalians released battered images of him. He chronicled the ordeal in the book, which was available at the ceremony Saturday.

Other speakers included County Commission Chairman John Glasscock and Decatur Mayor Don Kyle. Probate Judge Bobby Day was master of ceremonies.

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