To the editor:
On May 26, two local tea party groups held roadside rallies encouraging passersby to "Support the Troops and Thank a Veteran," as they celebrated the Memorial Day holiday.
The American Patriot Council of Washington County, Pa., Jefferson County and Hancock County Chapter held its third-annual such rally on Three Springs Drive in Weirton.
Our sister group, Steubenville for Liberty, rallied simultaneously, at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and John Scott Highway in Steubenville, by Eastern Gateway Community College.
This was that group's first rally of this kind.
These pre-Memorial Day rallies are completely non-political in nature and are held only to benefit our military personnel and our veterans, and as public expressions of our love of country, because patriotism without activism is pointless.
In the past, the APC group collected items for care packages to be sent to troops in Iraq or Afghanistan. This year, however, it was decided that the Wounded Warrior Project would be a good group to promote and benefit, and both groups took donations for the organization.
In Weirton, the APC rally managed to garner $114 in donations from passing cars.
However, in the two hours of its rally, Steubenville for Liberty took in more than $880, an amazing accomplishment, indicating the great generosity of the people passing by.
At our next meeting, we each chipped in a few bucks more, to put it over the $1,000 mark.
I sent three checks and two money orders, totaling $1,064, to the Wounded Warrior Project. Thank you to any and all who contributed to this very worthy cause.
Also, we want to thank Eastern Gateway Community College for allowing use of its parking lot. It made it very easy for people to pull safely in off the busy road and make their donations.
This is from the Wounded Warrior Project mission statement, for those unfamiliar with the group:
"To honor and empower wounded warriors; to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.
To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.
To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members."
The project's core values are "Fun, Integrity, Loyalty, Innovation and Service."
The organization's web address is: www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Last, the American Patriot Council and Steubenville for Liberty, as merged groups, have adopted a unit of the 101st Airborne Division, soon to be deployed to Afghanistan. We request prayers for these men and women; please lift them up, so that they may all return home safely and securely, to their families and friends.
God bless our troops, God bless our veterans, and may God continue to bless America. Thank you.