Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Thanksgiving holidays are always special. This year, for folks in Holly Springs and Marshall County, they will be more special.
That’s because the Collins-Hurdle VFW Post 5697 and the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce are working hard to bring the American Veterans Traveling Tribute to the city. The scheduled dates are November 26-December 1.
Lots of people have already given their support to this great cause. Here’s hoping others join the efforts.
Other fund-raisers are underway, including the raffling of a motor scooter. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from any chamber of commerce board member or any VFW member. Only 500 will be sold.
With today’s gas prices, we could all use a scooter. And better yet, win it or not, you’re helping bring the traveling wall here.
A few days back I photographed a poker run, with proceeds going to help bring the memorial tribute to Holly Springs. I talked to a few of the bikers, and they were pleased to be supporting a tribute to those who have fought for our freedoms.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (www.avtt.org) website emphasizes its mission and importance.
AVTT travels the USA in order to provide a forum for communities to come together to honor, respect and remember all who have sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedom. By doing this, the traveling tribute also honors all veterans and those serving today – because they know they will never be forgotten.
Our veterans represent freedom and its cost. They are our national heros and warriors.
The cost of freedom is not purchased in a lump sum. It is paid in installments by our veterans.
AVTT pays tribute with several exhibits and memorials.
The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall is an 80 percent size replica visual presentation; standing over 8’ tall at the apex, and over 370 feet long.
The Cost Of Freedom displays are nine large memorials represented in gold dog tags under glass to remember and honor all who died in service since Vietnam, including 9/11.
A large art display, Vietnam Remembered. and a Walk of Heroes’ display also accompanies AVTT.
Our nation reveals itself not only by the veterans it produces, but by those it honors, and remembers with tribute and respect.
AVTT has no political agenda. All who visit each event can share a common bond of experience and patriotic thanks.
A person is not gone until the memories are; AVTT is dedicated to remembering all with honor.
America cannot forget those who sacrificed all, and support all who have served and are serving. This is vital education for our youth.
Our country must also remember the POWs and MIAs who never came home. AVTT is dedicated to their cause and memory.
To all who came home, our tributes simply say “ Welcome Home.”
It is our duty and mission that those who served shall never be forgotten.
Other cities on the traveling wall’s October-December schedule include Hartford, Conn., Zanesville, Ohio, Pampa, Texas, Many, La., Silver Springs, Fla., and Key West, Fla.
Hats off to our local, hard-working VFW, the chamber of commerce board members and volunteers for making this happen.
Too often, we forget America’s soldiers, and we have many right here at home.
At Thanksgiving, we pause to give thanks. It’s about God, family and our many blessings.
This year, thanks to the VFW and chamber of commerce and the American Veterans Traveling Tribute, we will be reminded to say “thank you” for a blessing that should rank extremely high on everyone’s list – the freedom we enjoy in the United States of America.
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