|Many heartfelt sentiments covered the “thank you” and
“thinking of you” cards made for veterans at the Fort McCoy Armed Forces
Day Open House.
More than 225 cards were made, with 197 delivered to veterans at the
Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah, and some were hand-delivered
or mailed to someone the originator knew personally, said Lorie Retzlaff,
Family Focus program manager. The card-making activity was sponsored by
Army Community Service (ACS), Family Focus Program.
Attendees used rubber stamps, stickers, markers, and their creativity to
decorate the cardstock and envelopes.
“Be proud for what you have done for the world!” was one message written
on the cards.
Creators as young as 2 years old sat down to record their thankfulness.
One young man sat for almost an hour creating his masterpiece and
suddenly was gone, no signature, no need for recognition, just
thankfulness in the form of an image. Another message, “I follow in
your footsteps …” said it all.
“The Family Focus Program is committed to providing Families in the Fort
McCoy community quality activities, workshops, and events that are fun
for the entire Family,” Retzlaff said. “Positive, fun, Family
interaction builds stronger Family roots, giving Families a firmer
foundation that will enable each member to better cope with the storm
clouds of life.”
“The goal of Family Focus is to help Families make those positive, fun
memories together … memories that will last a lifetime, thereby building
a stronger community, now and in the future.”
For more information on the Family Focus Program or to become a member,
visit ACS at 2111 South 8th Avenue or phone 608-388-6507.
(Story and art from a veterans card submitted by Fort McCoy Army