Labor Day troops rally to be held at fairgrounds
If you're attending the Walworth County Fair on Labor Day, don't forget the troops.
The 444th weekly Support Our Troops Rally will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 2 at the Park Stage—near the Log Cabin—on the Walworth County Fairgrounds, 411 E. Court St., Elkhorn.
Every Monday at 11 a.m. since November 29, 2004, a rally has been held at the Walworth County Government Center, 100 W. Walworth St., on the square in Elkhorn. All rallies are open to the public.
Because the Government Center will be closed on Labor Day, the rally moves to the fairgrounds.
The weekly rallies, sponsored by the Walworth County Council of the American Legion and the Support Our Troops Committee, recognize troops with ties to Walworth County who are serving in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world, and those who have served and returned or moved on to a new duty station. The families of these personnel are also recognized.
Bob Miller, commander of the Walworth County Council of the American Legion, said he appreciated the opportunity to hold the rally in front of a large group of fairgoers. Because of recent events in Afghanistan, more people are aware of and concerned about U.S. troops' safety, he said.
As part of the rally, special recognition will also be made of the 88,000 POW/MIAs unaccounted for from previous wars.
Over the past nearly nine years the Support Our Troops Committee has shipped over nine tons of items to troops in 1,767 care packages with a value of over $53,000.00. The group has shipped 34 coffee makers and accessories to troops in Afghanistan. They've also offered personal GPS devices to military members who needed them.
Donations may be mailed to: American Legion, P.O. Box 821, Elkhorn, WI, 53121. The committee maintains a website at www.supportwalcotroops.com . The group is always looking for names of others with ties to Walworth County who may not be aware of the program and not included. For more information, call (262) 275-6587.