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A special salute to the troops
Mariachi Nueva Generacion
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More greetings for our troops from the State Fair
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Military Support organizations and allied groups
teamed up with Cal-Expo to support our troops in a unique
way. Each day of the fair, visitors are hand writing personal messages to the troops
on these large 4' x 8' banners. These completed banners will be
shipped out to military units on a daily basis. Most will
be destined for Iraq and Afghanistan.
Click on these thumbnails to open larger image in a new
window. Thank You California!
Postcard Banners for our Wounded Warriors
Volunteers welcome - a dozen military medical facilities have been
selected The Messages: Thank your for your sacrifice and get well soon.
The pictures above are
from SSgt Stephanie Cowan and unit in front of a C-130, all
stationed at Balad AFB about 68 Kilometers north of Baghdad. As
soon as the banner was received from the California State Fair, the
Squad Commander gathered up the troops and had this picture taken
with much gratitude for our remembrance of the troops serving us in
combat and away from loved ones.
On a personal note. My
daughter Stephanie called the morning she got the banner with tears
in her voice and pride for her mom and the work being done by all
for the troops over there. She knows she’s one of the lucky ones
who is a short timer (due to come home next month) and she tells me
all the troops have great pride in the work they are doing Iraq and
need our support.
An impromptu visit when then Lt. Jon Mraz was
about to deploy to Iraq, opened the door to solve a problem in a
most unusual way. The banners the state fair had used in years
past were folded to fit in a USPS Priority Flat Rate Box. When
banners arrived sometime the pressure sensitive labels the seals
were printed on would peel away in the very hot Middle East
temperatures. Folded tightly to fit in the boxes, the photo
below shows hard to flatten creases too.
Not long after our visit to the
state fair offices, we were contacted by a Cuban immigrant
wanting to donate to our organization. In talking with Carlos
Hernandez he was very clear in words to the effect: "My new
country has done so much for me, I want to give something back.
What can I do to support our troops?"
As our conversation continued, and what can only
be described as a blessing well timed, Carlos began to tell me
about his family business; making banners and signs in
partnership with Bill Ellis of Ellis Graphics in
The patriots at Imperial
Wholesale Banner, Inc in Tampa, Florida went to work, screen
printing the seals of our military services on a more durable
material that could be shipped in a tube provided by the USPS.