The highly anticipated yearly festival is celebrating its 29th year of kicking off summer in St. Charles. But as much as the focus is on those attending the festivities, those who can not attend because they are in the military around the world are not forgotten.
Fox Valley Troop Support Inc. (FVTS) wants the public to remember that some of the area's citizens are stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Members of FVTS, a non-profit group based in Kane County, know how much it means to military troops to receive letters of support from home.
"A letter only takes a few minutes to write but has a lasting positive effect on the morale of the service member," according to a statement by the group.
It is sponsoring "Letter Writing to the Troops" outside the St. Charles VFW Post 5036 during RiverFest, collecting hundreds of letters of support and thanks from children and adults attending the festival.
Volunteers Patrice Tannenbaum and Sandra Ochoa, both employees of in St. Charles, took time out of their Saturday to write some notes.
"It's important that they know we're thinking of them," Tannenbaum said about the troops. "They deserve our support."
Everyone is welcome to write a letter of support to the troops. The event runs through 6 p.m. today, Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, outside of the St. Charles VFW Post, 119 N. Third St.