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Alpharetta honors 'Old Soldiers'


Annual parade draws crowds


August 05, 2013
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Residents lined Main Street Aug. 3 to see the 61st Annual Old Soldier's Day Parade.

"Leading With Honor - Honor Their Sacrifice" is this year's parade theme, focusing on those soldiers who were taken prisoner during war.

The 2013 Grand Marshal is Leon "Lee" Ellis, a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a former fighter pilot who endured five and a half years as a prisoner of war in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison near Hanoi, Vietnam.

"You cannot live with honor without courage," Ellis said. "We need more courage today."

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The event was preceded by a 5K race and ended at the American Legion Post 201.

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