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Citizens remember veterans in East Alabama

By Dixon Hayes
ANNISTON, AL (WBRC) - Anniston's longtime military heritage makes Veterans' Day a big deal in the city and Veterans' Day 2010 was no exception.
 
The day began with the annual "ceremony of the fallen soldier" at Anniston' Centennial Park, home of the state's Vietnam memorial and Calhoun County's memorial to all of its war dead.  People who had now-deceased veterans in their families laid flowers at the memorial.
 
One of those was Pam Arrington of Calhoun County.  Her brother, Allen Ray Chaffin, was killed in Vietnam on Mother's Day 1967, while trying (successfully, in fact) to rescue a wounded fellow Marine from Gadsden.  Chaffin was a 1965 graduate of Wellborn High School, and Arrington said he was the oldest man in his outfit.  "They're babies, really," she says.  "I don't know where they find the courage and the bravery to do what they do."
 
Anniston's Veterans Day parade got underway just after 2 p.m.  Anniston High School's ROTC and marching band joined military veterans and active duty personnel.  Four Pearl Harbor survivors--one of whom couldn't make it because he wasn't feeling well--served as grand marshals.
 
One of them, George Murray, says he and the others appreciated the attention and hopes young people remember Pearl Harbor and remain alert as a nation.  Murray was in the chemical corps on December 7, 1941.
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