Thursday, November 22, 2007

Hardship troopers -- MAF

Local group Move America Forward supports the troops—and the War on Terror
By Kari Westerman
"Clad in an American flag-print tank top, a red leather jacket and gem-studded jeans, patriotic singer Diana Nagy kicked off Move America Forward’s 40-city Honoring our Heroes at the Holidays Tour with an inspired rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The crowd of about 200 people waved their plastic replicas of that banner high in the air as young uniformed Marines stood in line stoically watching the performance at William Land Park on November 13.
“We thank our troops and we thank our veterans,” Nagy said, eliciting cheers and applause. The tour’s official musician, Nagy said she got a call from MAF after they heard her sing “Where Freedom Flies,” a song written by her mother, who couldn’t sleep one night after seeing a newscast of protesters burning the American flag.
“These words just came to her,” Nagy said. “We knew that the world needed to hear this.”
Sacramento-based MAF is committed to supporting U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and is touring to collect 100,000 holiday greeting cards that will be delivered to the troops overseas at the end of this year.
“We’re doing cards and packages to send over to the troops for Christmas,” said MAF organizer Deborah Johns, a Blue Star Mom whose son has served three tours of duty in Iraq.
Yellow ribbons were plastered on the cars in the parking lot outside of Fairy Tale Town in William Land Park, where volunteer Bill McNab directed traffic with a “Pro-Troop Rally” sign and large American flag by his side. McNab, a Korean War veteran who said he was lucky to survive the conflict, said he is proud of the troops’ efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan."

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