Many of our friends and neighbors in the military are still deployed and need our support, so a group of Marines at Parris Island have taken on a special project. The purpose is to give Beaufort Marines serving in Iraq an extra boost of morale.
With the help of a local videographer, they're gathering special messages from deployed Marines' family members, local church groups and organizations, even a message from some Houston Astros baseball players to send to their fellow Marines in Iraq.
"We love you. Can't wait till you get home. Be good." That's the message Susan Morgan is sending to her husband in Iraq thanks to the Marines and videographer creating the 20-minute video.
"I want them to know and feel through that video," Sgt. Jeffery Gonzales told us. "I want them to feel that hug we're sending."
"As a retired Marine, having been deployed many times, I know how important it is for troops to know the community is supporting them," said videographer Ron Tucker with Good to Go Video.
And this rare opportunity is one Susan and her kids didn't want to miss. "I love you Daddy," said daughter Madison. "I hope you come home soon."
"I thought this would be a great opportunity for him to see how the kids have grown, because it's hard for him to see that in the pictures I send," said Susan.
And that's exactly why Michelle Ortiz is taking part. Michelle's husband deployed almost five months ago, two days after her daughter Alexandra was born.
"He's missed a lot of first days of her life and he's missing things with Allister, a fifth birthday, but this helps bring him closer to us and us closer to him and this means a lot," she said.
And giving them a boost of moral support is what this video is all about.
All the interviews will be edited together and sent to the troops next month.