Rally for the Troops at Trinity - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/6/03

Rally for the Troops at Trinity

Lubbockites are gathering to support the troops. Sunday afternoon at Trinity Church, more than 500 people gathered to support the men and women overseas. People of all ages gathered to show support for the troops fighting for our freedom.

"I pretty much want to be a soldier cause I want to serve my country, and I want to help the world not have bad things so we would have a free world someday," 12 year-old Jonathan Beck said.

"We came out here because we're patriots. We love America. We're a military family. I spent 27 years in the Air Force. We love our country, and we want to be loyal and dedicated because we do have a great niece in the Navy, Lt. Christen Woodard in Kuwait now," Paul Jantzen, a troop supporter said.

"Any man or woman serving, whether they be state-side or in foreign lands, they need to know we are here standing behind them and supporting them," said Sarah Rodriguez, who's husband is overseas.

Sarah Rodriguez' husband Max is deployed, and so is Angy Whorton's husband, Stacy, and they say it's support like this that helps them get through each day.

"If feels very good to know Lubbock has supported us like this, we didn't think we had much support, but it's been wonderful to see other family members support what were going through," Angy Whorton said.

The support was obvious at this rally, and hundreds sang patriotic songs and proudly waved their American flags.

"I absolutely loved it. I fly the flag at our house and love seeing people fly the flag, (Sunday) was great," Jolene Jantzen, a troop supporter said.

"We know no one over there. We don't have any friends or family there. We're just in complete support of the troops over there and what they're doing," Rhonda Cox said.

City Councilmen Gary Boren and Tom Martin were also at Sunday's rally, Boren announced it as a special recognition day, stating that the mayor and council recognize God and the support of our troops.

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