A tiny sign is sending a big message to the military community at Hunter Army Airfield. It's no bigger than a yard sale sign, but it's the talk of the base: a handwritten message reading "Heroes Live Here" with an arrow pointing into the base from the gate at White Bluff Road.
"I was on my way home, my husband and I were on our way home, and I said, 'Oh look, there's a sign that says "Heroes live here." That's real nice,'" Spec. Ruth Mohead told us. "I thought it was a real nice thing because not too many people recognize us for the work we do."
The sign has been greeting soldiers and visitors to the base for several weeks. In the corner, it bears the initials B.B., but no one knows who that is. "It's certainly someone who has a lot of patriotism and a lot of heart," said Maj. David Weis.
The sign is constructed simply enough. It appears to be a real estate sign or campaign sign covered with poster board, written in permanent ink with two American flags on top. But for a simple sign, it's attracting a lot of attention.
Military spouse Ann Weis told us, "I was up by the light and all of a sudden I see this sign and I thought, wow! It looks like a little kid wrote it, but it was very touching. It definitely makes you think about what it stands for and what it means."
And despite its size, it's having a sizeable impact on the very people it praises, especially as they prepare to deploy. "I think it can make a big difference for soldiers," said Chaplain Craig Bickel. "They like to know people out in the community care about who they are and what they're doing."
It's something any soldier would like being reminded of, even in a small way. Hunter officials say they're pleased that someone took the time and effort to put the sign in front of the base and they wish they could thank them for recognizing the hard work soldiers do every day.