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Community shows support for military

July 19, 2004

Valdosta - They're popping up all over town. "We're putting a sign outside that says we support our troops," said Jack Reed, Country Inn and Suites Manager.

Banners, flags, and signs saying thank you to the men and women in uniform are everywhere. "Its to show how much we appreciate them and what they do for us," said Marilois Owens.

It's Salute to Military Week in Valdosta. "We're asking businesses to put up signs of support on their marquis, we're having a breakfast Thursday morning to salute the military," said Owens.

And even if you don't have a business where you can put up a sign this week, you can still do your part to salute the military. Just write a letter saying how much you appreciate their service, and drop it off at City Hall, Barker Really, Country Inn and Suites, or the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce. "The city of Valdosta will pick those up and mail them overseas to the servicemen and women," said Owens.

Moody airmen say the decorations around town give a big boost to their morale. "The signs, marquis, flags, its all really fantastic and makes you stick your chest out and be proud to be doing what you're doing," said Captain Erin Dick.

But seven days of gratitude is really just an ordinary week for this community. "They treat us well and show their appreciation every day of every week of every month so while its nice to have this appreciation week, these are the types of things they do for us every day," said Dick.

Salute to Military week will wrap up Friday with a fun fair at the base. "We're taking the best and brightest businesses in Valdosta out there so they can promote their goods and services to the military personnel, their families, and retirees," said Owens.

Just another way to give back to a base that's sacrificed so much.

posted at 4:00 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com