Local High School Rallies to Support Local Troops and Ex-Students Serving in Iraq - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/27/03

Local High School Rallies to Support Local Troops and Ex-Students Serving in Iraq

Shallowater high school students may be miles away from the front lines, but that hasn't stopped them from keeping our troops close to their hearts. "We are for our troops all the way!" students shout.

On Thursday Shallowater residents were their bringing their support to life, making a home video to send to the troops, troops that once walked the halls of Shallowater High School.

"I came in here and they showed me they had my sons pictures posted up and it's just a good feeling," says mother of an Army soldier, Sylvia Rios. For Sylvia Rios the war in Iraq weighs heavily on her mind. "I have my good days and my bad days," says Sylvia. Her son, Joe, is on the ground in Iraq, fighting with the 101st Airborne Unit.

Joe leaves behind his family including his wife and Shallowater graduate, Leslie Rios. "We still haven't had our honeymoon but i'm proud of him he believes alot in what he's doing," says his wife, Leslie.

The patriotism at Shallowater High School is wall to wall with posters and a banner where students sign words of encouragement. "We're really just supporting our troops showing love for our troops and everything," says Michelle Hagan, a student and supporter of our troops.

The Rios family says, the support here, is overwhelming. "We have a whole country backing them up," says Joe's sister-in-law Andrea.

"I think God has his ways of making us realize that he's the only one that's gonna get us through this," says Sylvia.

It's that faith that gets the people of shallowater through each day. "Me and my sisters and my family just pray day by day just wish God will bring him back to us," says John Paul Ramirez, Joe's brother-in-law.

Patriotism flows inside and outside the Shallowater School District. They are in the process of constructing a war memorial outside the high school constructed of hundreds of bricks. Each one enscribed with the name of an ex-Shallowater student who served during war time.

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