Annual event is canceled

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Fireworks were shot over the Savannah River during last year's Thunder Over Augusta. The city's annual Armed Forces Day event has been canceled this year because of construction.

The motorcycle stunt shows, helicopters, skydivers and fireworks won't be thundering into Augusta this year.

Thunder Over Augusta, the city's Armed Forces Day celebration, will take a break in 2011. Donnie Thompson, an organizer of the event, said the TEE Center construction would have made it difficult to use Reynolds Street, as in years past.

"The TEE Center is actually being built on a lot that we used as a parking lot, so everything has been disrupted," Thompson said.

Augusta's is one of the largest Armed Forces Day celebrations ever seen, officers stationed at Fort Gordon have said. Highlights include a joint service color guard marching through the Augusta Common, live music, a freestyle motor cross stunt show, precision freefall parachute demonstrations, and an evening fireworks display.

Thunder Over Augusta is expected to return in 2012.

"As long as the construction is finished, we will be back," Thompson said. "Or, we're considering moving it to Fort Gordon."