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The 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (P.I.R.) was activated at Camp Blanding, Florida on October 20, 1944.  Sixty-two years later, on October 19, 2004, nearly 200 veterans of the regiment and more than 400 family members and friends, formed ranks once again at Blanding to retire the regimental standard.  Once the standard was encased, it was given to the Camp Blanding museum for permanent display.

What Better Name
one of eight coaches that carried veterans to Camp Blanding

Bus Formation
as the couches await the 'mount up' command

Escort Service
Buses traveled under a police escort of motorcycles and cars

Ted Lee
Co F, was decked out in his uniform and headed for the retirement ceremonies
(courtesy Stephen Cargile)

Hand Salutes
rendered by University of Florida Navy ROTC unit forming a corridor of respect for vets boarding buses heading to Blanding

Veterans & Families
filed between the ranks of Naval officer candidates as they headed for their bus

(courtesy Stephen Cargile)

Men and Women
of the ROTC unit looked sharp in their dress whites as they honored the 508th veterans.

Honors Accorded
by Korean War vets and one Army enlisted man who appears to be on active duty
(courtesy Stephen Cargile)