"Support Our Troops" signs are still posted throughout the community and bumper stickers are still seen on many cars. But what does this really mean? How many even take notice as they pass by? Or are they so common place that we no longer notice them at all?
For those who still maintain that sentiment, what is being done to support our troops? Remembering that yet today there are many U.S. military personnel stationed around the globe, some at "the tip of the spear" in harm's way is a good thing. Saying a prayer for their protection and the safety of their families is a very good thing. But what can tangibly be done to support our troops?
There is an old saying about military service members: all gave some and some gave all. Truth is, there are some who are still paying the price, still making the sacrifice every day. U.S. Army SPC Kyle Hockenberry is one of America's Warriors who is still paying the price. Sometimes we balk at tangibly making a show of support because we don't know who they are or how to do so. Hockenberry is one of our own from the Mid-Ohio Valley.
Actor Gary Sinise and his LT Dan Band are coming to Marietta for a benefit concert to help provide funding for a "smart home" for Kyle who is a triple-amputee from his service in Afghanistan. Tickets are still available, according to a recent article in the Times only 700 tickets have been sold out of the 3000 available. The concert is Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m., at the Marietta College Dyson Baudo (Recreation) Center.
Show your support for our troops, for one of our own, by attending this celebration event.
Chaplain, U.S. Army (Ret)