Rolling Thunder seeks
Iraq and Afghanistan vets
Since Sept. 11, 2001, we have all been forced to look at the world through different eyes. Before that day most of us never imagined that terrorists could strike on American soil. And yet they did, in three separate locations. How could that happen in the United States of America? The young men and women of this Nation responded to that attack by joining the various branches of the military.
They selflessly left their lives here in the United States to train and be deployed to foreign lands. They made that sacrifice in order to insure that the rest of us here at home continued to live in peace and prosperity. These wars have continued for over a decade, resulting in the need to deploy troops for more than one tour. Unlike World War II where units were sent to fight until a victory was obtained, or Vietnam where most of us served one tour, these men and women have deployed multiple times. Try to image the determination and focus required to serve in a combat zone and then return home, only to be deployed multiple times. Could you mentally and emotional shift gears between those two worlds?
These veterans have sacrificed so much and we as a community need to acknowledge that. On Saturday, May 2, 2015, Rolling Thunder® South Carolina Chapter 3 will be hosting an event to recognize our men and women who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for their service and sacrifice. The tribute will be held in the social hall at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach starting at noon. Opening ceremonies will be followed by lunch and entertainment. This will be a time for these veterans to socialize, renew old acquaintances, and make new ones.
Each of us knows someone who has been involved in the struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan – a husband or wife, a son or daughter, an uncle or an aunt, a neighbor. Please reach out to the community and help us find these Veterans. Spread the word about this event at your church, at your school, throughout your neighborhoods – anyway you can. If you know someone who has served, please encourage them to attend this Veterans’ Tribute. For information contact Jean at 910-579-3668 or Paula at 843-399-0356.
The writer is president of Rolling Thunder South Carolina Chapter 3.