For the Troops

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

"They're over there for us, so we need to be here for them," said Lynn Mitchell, a protester in front of the Augusta County Courthouse Saturday.

She grew up during the Vietnam War. She remembers the soldiers who returned home unappreciated. And she says she won't let that happen again.

"I've never done anything like this before, but I emailed my friends and said if you'll meet me on the corner, please don't leave me standing alone, let's stand up and show support for President Bush and our troops."

Ruth Talmadge is among the thirty or so concerned Americans who answered Mitchell's call for help. Flanked by Augusta County Republican Party members and veterans, she shouts out to drivers-by.

"Blow your horn for us!" she says.

Talmadge has a son-in-law leaving for the Persian Gulf Monday. She's proud of him and wants to support all the troops.

"It doesn't matter about how you feel about the politics of our nation at the moment. The men and women who are there are doing their job the same way you're asked to do yours," she says.

One soldier driving by was so impressed with the crowd, he stopped to thank them.

"Not everybody’s for you. But it's nice to come back when you're away from home and see there's people back here supporting you and standing behind you for what you're doing," said Nathan Trice, Navy Airman.

Trice - nineteen - is from Augusta County but is stationed in Oceana, Virginia. He says his F-14 squadron is ready to go. And Talmadge says the timing is right.

"We need 'em there and Lordy, we thank 'em for being there."

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