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A Salute to the Unsung Heroes: Military Kids

The Ranger & Airlifter newspapers to hold free, fun day for local military families

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The unsung heroes of today's military due to the strains of war deployments are the kids.  The children of our military personnel have sacrificed without truly being asked.  They didn't choose to have mom or dad gone four to six years of their childhood.  They simply endured, supported their families, and marched on.

To salute these kids, The Ranger and NW Airlifter newspapers present "A Salute to Our Unsung Heroes: Military Kids," October 16 at St. Martin's University in Lacey, Wa.  It's a day to honor the kids that have sacrificed so much.

"Following our other support events, we realized that the people that should be receiving our admiration and attention the most are the kids," said Ken Swarner, co-publisher.  "Besides the sacrifices of war, these kids pack up and move every two to six years - they have to suck it up over and over again so that their mom and dad can serve this great nation.  They deserve a day of free fun."

The day will be packed with great activites, shows, and lots of free stuff," said Swarner.  "We've learned a lot from our past events about line management and how to best support attendees - this should be our best event ever."

Families will be invited to sign-up beginning in August, Swarner said.  The event is free, however, organizers need accurate head counts so to plan that no one waits more than 15 minutes to get into the doors.  Plus, having enough supplies and activities is dependent on numbers as well.

To participate as a business, or organizations wishing to support the kids, may send Ken Swarner an email at to inquire on how best to participate.  Swarner is looking for entertainers, food merchants, companies with activities such as jump houses, organizations with cash donations or product donations to give the kids, prizes and more.

"We are excited to show the kids a good time - so that everyone of them leaves knowing how much we appreciate their sacrifices to this nation have been.

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