Thank you, Sir.
Hello my finely feathered friendlies.
What I'm about to tell you is of utmost importance. I don't often send out email blasts, but I feel it important to do so... for this event.
On Saturday, May 19th, Richmond, VA is hosting a Parade to Welcome Home and Thank the Troops, starting at 10am, starting at the Virginia Historical Society, marching down the Boulevard and ending at the Carillon, some 2 plus miles away.
This parade is to honor the heroism and sacrifice our Armed Forces have provided, not just in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also those who served faithfully in Viet Nam, Korea, and all of the other places they've been forced to endure to fight for our freedom.
The debt we owe all of these patriots cannot be repaid with a single parade, of course, but a massive outpouring of support to these fine individuals and their families is the least we can do.
This is an effort that was built at the grassroots level and naturally, lacks the polish, funding and organization of a centralily organized event. Which is really the beauty of it. It ain't the Rose Parade.
This is not organized by a political party, a politician, or a movement. It's spontaneous. It's completely American.
But this is well worth doing and is part of the unspoken covenant that the American people have with their warriors. We've asked them to do things on our behalf, some of which are unsavory, some of which resulted in tremendous loss of life and/or severe and debiliating injury, and all of which ask them to sacrifice family time and to endure unfathomable danger and discomfort.
If you've got an ounce of appreciation for the troops and the missions they've executed on our behalf, please carve out some time for this parade in their honor. And please copy this to your friends and family, and come on down to Richmond for this Parade.
St. Louis had such a parade in January and drew 100,000 patriots. In the bitter cold. Certainly Richmond can double that on a beautiful day in May.
This should be the mid Atlantic's Welcome Home and Thanks celebration.
Spread the word. Bring your kids. Bring on the love for the Troops.
Robin Beres from Richmond Times Dispatch is a major organizer of this event. Even Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones is a sponsor.
It's People. Not politics.
Go here for more info and how to contribute or volunteer. http://americaforvets.org/
All my best.