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5 Ways Tybee Island Salutes Heroes

Tybee Island is full of military monuments and fascinating history. Throughout the year, our beautiful barrier island prides itself on military attractions and hosts patriotic events as a token of appreciation for the brave men and women of our military. Here are just a few ways Tybee Island salutes heroes.

Photo by Casey Jones of Visit Tybee

Photo by Casey Jones of Visit Tybee

Reenlistment ceremonies frequently take place on Tybee Island’s beach and at Fort Pulaski. It’s a beautiful moment to witness in a gorgeous place.

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On Saturday, November 12, the annual Tybee Salutes Heroes Parade will take place. The entire weekend is dedicated to honoring military heroes of the past and present. Military personnel and supporters will march down Butler Avenue, through downtown Tybee, and end at the Veterans Memorial with a ceremony honoring active and former military.

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In addition to military events on Tybee, the island has many military attractions year-round to enjoy.

Tybee Island’s light station boasts the oldest and tallest lighthouse in Georgia, and it serves as a great place to take in the island’s military history. The lighthouse’s museum is located in what was Fort Screven, an important military post during the Spanish-American War of 1898. It’s surrounded by batteries and historical markers bearing information about the war.

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Another military icon is Fort Pulaski, a historic beauty complete with moat and artillery-scarred outer walls. It was constructed between 1829 and 1847 to defend the nearby port city of Savannah from foreign attacks and invasion. Today, the fort is a remarkably well-preserved example of 19th century military architecture open for tours and individual exploration.

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A sense of military camaraderie can always be found at Tybee’s American Legion Post 154. This local spot welcomes all veterans who have served or are presently serving in any of the armed services. Service men and women can engage in casual conversation, share a libation, partake in great home cooking or try their luck at bingo at this historic military favorite.

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