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04/04/03

Community Troop Support Going Strong

As the war in Iraq intensifies, support in military towns like Beaufort continues to increase. There aren't too many places in Beaufort where support isn't just pouring out. There's a real sense of patriotism there, and it only seems to get stronger as our troops get closer to Baghdad.

Local printers are continuing to print more and more "support our troops" signs, trying to keep morale strong.

"We'll do it till the troops come home, that's the way to do it," said Bob Murr, owner of Murr's Printing.

Across town, family and friends are signing posters for our troops at Lowe's, writing messages of hope and love.

"I wrote God bless the USA, because I feel sorry for our troops and I wish America was not at war," say resident David Lee John.

"It makes me feel good to know we'll stand behind our men we send over," added Silvia McCoy.

"I've seen people stand here and get teary eyed when they're signing it," Lowe's manager Ron Wotring told us. "It has a lot of meaning to us."

There's a lot of meaning because nearly 2,000 of Beaufort's Marines, sailors, and Naval aviators are serving in the Middle East. Not only does signing the board show support for our troops, but to the military families back home in Beaufort.

"It feels really good to know that prayers are going out for everyone who's over there," said military wife Robyn Bowman. For those like her, whose husband just left today for desert training and could be going to the Middle East very soon, messages like these are encouraging.

"It feels really good to know that people are standing behind us," she said.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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