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RiverFest Salutes Military With Heartfelt Letters From Home

Fox Valley Troop Support and VFW Post 5036 want troops overseas to know that Fox Valley residents are pulling for them.

Pride of the Fox RiverFest is attracting Fox Valley residents this weekend to downtown St. Charles with its musical enterainment, carnival rides, food and crafts.

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.

Sarah Giachino June 12, 2011 at 12:20 AM
FVTS collected over 60 letters so far from area residents and children. Even a couple of Chicago policemen sat down and wrote a heartfelt thanks to our Troops. Many thanks to all who stopped by in inclement weather and contributed to the importance of writing letters to express their appreciation to our servicemembers. Please stop by tomorrow and write a letter-it's easy! Encourage your kids to stop by too. We hear it over and over again that the kids write the best letters.
jfarris June 16, 2011 at 05:37 PM
The Pride of the Fox RiverFest committee would like to thank the attendees who stopped by to write a letter and tell their story. A big thanks goes out to the FVTS AND the RiverFest Volunteers for all of their hard work and support to make this special activity occur.

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