Families United For Our Troops And Their Mission invited members to St. Paul Minnesota during the Republican National Convention to show support for our Troops, and their families, and to receive leadership training. It all started afer arriving in The Twin Cities with a day at The Mall Of America, and a tour of Minneapolis / St. Paul on Friday August 29, 2008 by one of the Minnesota Families United members, Janet.Saturday, was a day of leadership training for Emery and Queenie McClendon of Fort Wayne members of the Families United Group. Afterwards we were treated to a dinner at the Outback Steakhouse of Coon Rapids, Mn. On Sunday Morning we had breakfast and were then invited to a banquet at the Minneapolis Convention Center and a special screening of "An American Carol" A movie featuring Kevin Farley, Leslie Nielson, and John Voight. Lee Greenwood performed the music.
The hall was filled with food, celeberties, Delegates, Politicians, special guests, and I had the opportunity to shake Lee Greenwods hand and say a few words to him.On Monday morning we went to Triangle Park, located up the hill from the St. Paul Convention Center, the site of the RNC where we held a rally from 10:00 A.M. untill Noon. Attending were all of the leadership trainies and some Blue and Gold Star families from around the United States. Their stories were amazing, and touching as they spoke about the loss of their loved ones and the service and dedication of our Troops. Merrilee Carlson, the President of Families United was the Emcee, and we were treated to a surprise visit by John Voight, who gave an inspiring speech, and spent time with us signing autographs, and shaking hands.After his speech the anti protesters came to our area. We stood our ground letting those that serve our country know that we support them in the War On Terror. Even though over 300 people were arrested, and a lot of damage was done to downtown St. Paul by the anti-war groups, the Families United Group remained calm and peaceful in our support. Families United For Our Troops and Their Mission is a nation wide group and has chapters in most States. NE Indiana now has a new Chair person serving so that we can become more involved helping the Troops and families from our area. One year ago Emery McClendon was a guest at The Breakfast at the White House with Families United.If you want to show your support for those that serve, our Gold and Blue Star Families, and our Veterans visit http://www.familiesunitedmission.com/
Together we can make a difference and show support to our military families and Troops.
Emery McClendon / NE Indiana Chair
Families United for Our Troops And Their Mission