In 1966, the
United States was embroiled in a controversial war in Vietnam.
This controversy unfortunately manifested itself in civil
anti-American protests in cities and college campuses across the
country. The most poignant and damaging of these acts was the
poor treatment of returning soldiers.
unpatriotic acts and atrocities committed against the American
soldier prompted former Mayor P.B. Edwards, Jr., a decorated
veteran of World War II who was permanently wounded in the
Battle of the Bulge, with the cooperation of the Port Wentworth
Missionary Alliance Church, to establish this day to recognize
America and particularly the American soldier -- hence was born
"Stand Up for America Day" in 1971.
Every year on
the last Saturday in April, the streets of Port Wentworth are
filled with a parade, music, arts, crafts, food and kiddie
rides. The festival also includes fireworks that light up the
city's night sky. This patriotic celebration welcomes young and
old, soldiers and civilians.
If you would
like more information about this event, participating in the
parade or becoming a vendor, please call (912) 966-7428.
Parade Entry Form
Soldier's Cross Form
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