Parades once sent off, welcomed back troops

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For much of its history the sure way to get Augustans to turn out and cheer was to hold a military parade down Broad Street.

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Augustans used to gather along Broad Street to support soldiers being sent off to war and to welcome them back on their return. One of the most popular military parades was held as troops were deployed to fight in World War I. The march featured horses and troops from Camp Hancock.   FILE
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Augustans used to gather along Broad Street to support soldiers being sent off to war and to welcome them back on their return. One of the most popular military parades was held as troops were deployed to fight in World War I. The march featured horses and troops from Camp Hancock.

Such displays of martial support were particularly popular during the first and second world wars as soldiers marched off to fight, and later when they returned home. The first war was particularly impressive because it featured more horses, in addition to troops from Camp Hancock, built to accommodate more than 45,000 soldiers.

Augusta still loves its military, and Fort Gordon provides about 27,000 employees who create about 54,000 jobs in the community. However, the addition of trees and medians on Broad Street cuts down on military machinery, and the city's parades are more likely to feature high school bands and onlookers during annual holiday events at Christmas, St. Patrick's Day and Veterans Day.

About the series

The Augusta Chronicle looks at historic monuments around the city and compares what they were with what they have become.

MONDAY: Camp Hancock

TUESDAY: St. Paul's Church

TODAY: Broad Street parades

THURSDAY: Broad Street stores and monuments

FRIDAY: Academy of Richmond County

SATURDAY: Meadowgarden

SUNDAY: Augusta Arsenal


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