Joint Base San Antonio leaders help kick off Celebrate America's Military events
By By Lori Newman
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Public Affairs
Photo by Lori Newman
Brig. Gen. Bob LaBrutta (right), Joint Base San Antonio and 502nd Air Base Wing commander, writes a note to go in a holiday card for a service member serving overseas during the kickoff event for Celebrate America’s Military Nov. 1.
Celebrate America’s Military kicked off Nov. 1 with the American Red
Cross at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
Military members and civilians from across JBSA signed holiday cards and wrote notes to service members as part of the CAM event.
Each November, the city of San Antonio celebrates service members, veterans and military families by holding several events throughout the San Antonio area.
The Greater San Antonio Chamber created Celebrate America’s Military in 1970 as a way for the business community to say thank you to men and women who serve and have served in the military. The tradition has grown to become the nation’s largest community celebration to honor our military,with more than 250,000 people participating each year.
“Today is a terrific day. Our community and our business partners are sending a happy message to our military members and veterans as we enter the holiday season,” said Brig. Gen. Bob LaBrutta, JBSA and 502nd Air Base Wing commander and guest speaker for the event.
Last year the Red Cross collected nearly 22,000 holiday cards in the San Antonio area, the general said.
“This year we have an expectation that 20,000 to 30,000 holiday cards from San Antonio will make their way to service men and women around the world.”
The American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign helps provide cards and personal messages to services members and veterans during the holiday season.
“Sign your name and just say ‘Thank you.’ That means a lot to a service member,” said Chuck Rose, a member of the American Red Cross board of directors.
The Red Cross partners with local businesses across the country to set up tables where people can sign cards and send personal messages to troops stationed around the world and in medical facilities and veterans hospitals.
All cards must be signed. Notes can be written on the cards, but not included separately. Do not include an address or email and refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using glitter on handmade cards. Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
The campaign runs through Dec. 1. People can sign cards at local Wells Fargo locations, or drop off cards at the American Red Cross, 3165 Patch
Rd., building 2650.
Cards can also be mailed to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capital Heights, MD 20791-5456 by Dec. 6.
For more information, visit http://www.redcross.org/support/get-involved/holiday-mail-for-heroes.