DESPITE MANY YEARS of dedicated labor proving her worthiness, Christina Gibson was still shocked at the news of being appointed as this year’s Grand Marshal of the Veterans Day Parade being held at 10 AM on, November 11, in Port Wentworth, GA.
Each year, the Veteran’s Council of Chatham County is solely responsible for putting together the Veteran’s Day Parade, and this year they chose their organization’s secretary as the honorable leader of the event.
“I was surprised and humbled by the fact that I was even considered, yet alone appointed for this position. I am truly humbled, not to mention excited, about serving as the Grand Marshall this year,” said Gibson.
With COVID-19 in the way, this year’s parade planning started off as a challenge for the council. Due to safety regulations, the city of Savannah could not issue any permits, so the parade could possibly have been canceled, but Chairman Joe Higgins and the rest of the council was determined for a different outcome.
After reaching out to officials in Port Wentworth, GA, it was decided that the city would accommodate the event. Luckily, the continuation of the annual event meant that it was Gibson’s time to shine as this year’s parade dignitary.
Gibson joined the United States Air Force on her 17th birthday. After completing basic training in San Antonio, in 1977, and scoring high on the mechanical/electrical aptitude, she chose to complete military technical school for Avionics Systems Instrument Training. After completing her training, she began her duties working on F-100 Fighter planes with the Air National Guard in Toledo.
“I served one year with the Ohio Air National Guard and two years in an Air Force Reserve unit in Charleston, SC maintaining avionics instrument systems on aircraft, but my time in the Air Force wasn’t as strong as what I’ve done for veterans since getting out of the military,” said Gibson.
Gibson has served as a member in the Veteran’s Council of Chatham County for over 10 years, and in 2012, she was elected to serve as the council’s secretary. Chrissy’s dedication to record keeping of the many actions and accomplishments of Council has set a new standard for an organization that has served Chatham County veterans since 1937.
“My time spent in the military gave me a strong sense of discipline and a high regard for teamwork to get the job done,” said Gibson, and this was proven so through her work ethic.
In addition to her work with the council over the last decade, Gibson has served as a member of many organizations including the American Legion for 19 years, the Adjutant of Post 36 for 5 years, the Catholic War Veterans of Savannah, and, in 2009, Gibson was initiated into the 40 & 8 Honor Society as the first woman member of the Savannah unit.
“Veterans support other veterans and you’ll rarely meet a member in one organization that isn’t a member of at least one other veteran organization,” said Gibson.
Grand Marshal Gibson requests that many people come out and support the hard work and bravery of the veterans while remaining safe! “I’d like to invite everyone to come out to Port Wentworth this year... We want everyone to enjoy the parade responsibly so please wear a mask and bring your hand sanitizer. We look forward to seeing you there!” said Gibson.