Mayor Otis Johnson, members of City Council, and the famous Washington Guns welcomed home the Georgia National Guard 1/118th Field Artillery Regiment, which has just returned from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. The ceremony took place at 11 a.m. Monday, March 29 just to the south of the Fort at Forsyth Park.
In March 2009, just prior to deployment, Alderman Van R. Johnson II presented the Regiment a City of Savannah flag. Alderman Johnson charged the Guardsmen with the task of returning the flag, and all members of their Regiment, safely back to Savannah.
The Regiment, once referred to as the Chatham Artillery, plans to do just that on Monday. In honor of that legacy, the Washington Guns, now housed under canopy on East Bay Street, will be moved to Forsyth Park for the ceremony. The Guns were captured from the British in the Battle of Yorktown, and presented by President George Washington as trophies to the Chatham Artillery in 1791.
In attendance was Unit Commander, Lt. Colonel Reginald Neal; Command Sgt. Major Dover; and members of the Chatham Artillery, veterans of the unit.
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