Support The Troops Rally
Once a month, usually on the last Friday of the month, a small group of us get together just outside of one of the three main gates to Ft. Rucker (one for each of the towns next to Rucker) and have a "Support The Troops
Rally". We have various flags of various types - U.S., old versions, military branches, etc... as well as signs THANKING the troops for what they are doing. We always get honks and waves. Occasionally a solder or two will stop and shake the hands of all of us, saying how much it means to them and how they appreciate us. Naturally, we in turn tell them how much we appreciate THEM. Most of us are ex-military, but spouses and even my grand-kidzez are regulars.
Sometimes people will stop and ask if we're selling the flags or offer donations. Sorry, but it's "no, but thank you very much" to both.
Ft. Rucker is the Training Center for Army Aviation - helicopters. Many international military pilots are also trained here. This gives the small towns of Enterprise, Ozark, and Daleville a very "melting pot" of the world feel. Most people around here are connected to the military in one form or another. I'm from Montgomery, Alabama, was stationed at Rucker right after Vietnam, so this is close enough to "my OLD home", yet where my myself, my daughter, and the grand-kidzez now call "Home".
I'll write some more Blog Posts on other activities that the group does in a few days.