Ten years after Iraq invasion, group remains committed to troops
Nancy Lehman warms up on her bugle in Elkhorn before playing taps at a Support Our Troops rally in 2009. Terry Mayer/file photo.
March 20, 2013 marks ten years since the United States invasion of Iraq.
Back on November 29, 2004, the Walworth County Council of the American Legion began a weekly Monday morning rally in Elkhorn to support the troops, giving personal attention to soldiers with local ties.
The group's aim was to recognize Walworth County military members, start a drive to collect messages and care packages to be sent overseas, and provide military-related news and information for families and the community.
When the local Legion commander questioned whether the rallies could be sustained every week, organizer and veteran Bob Webster said he could guarantee at least 10 of them.
Last Monday, he headed the 421st rally.
While U.S. troops left Iraq at the end of 2011, many remain in Afghanistan, and more are stationed at hot spots around the world.
But men and women, young and old, want their soldiers to know they are not forgotten.
Read about the people involved in the group, those who benefit from it, and why Support Our Troops continues to meet--all in a story in the March 24 print or e-edition of Walworth County Sunday.