The Support Our Troops booth was selling Shields of Strength dogtags to raise money for sending care packages overseas to our local soldiers. Our friend and neighbor, Annette Meyer (Net to most of us!) is a military mom whos son Luke served in Iraq. She found out about the dogtags when she read a book called "The Faith of an American Soldier". In the book it told of a Christian company's goal of distributing these dogtags to military people worldwide. You can learn more about Shields of Strength here: http://www.shieldsofstrength.com/
She started out by ordering small amounts and giving them to other military people she knew. Soon she was ordering larger amounts and distributing them to whole units. She paid for these mostly from her own pocket and did have help from some of her church members who also donated money to help purchase the dogtags. Soon the owners of the company heard what she was doing and ended up donating 140 tags enough for one of the units she was trying to raise the money for to furnish each member with a dogtag.
When a group of local men were deployed last month, Net, along with several others formed Support Our Soldiers of New London or SOS of NL, to support the guys and send them care packages while serving overseas. She then got the idea to sell the dogtags at the Caledonia Community Day and use the money to help with the postage to mail out the packages. She also has a few local businesses helping out by selling the dogtags for her. The $2.50 profit from the sale of the dogtag goes to help the moral and spiritual support of the area soldiers.
While there are several different graphics to choose from on the dogtags, the opposite side features the scripture from Johsua 1:9.
I will be strong and courageous.
I will not be terrified, or discouraged;
for the Lord my God is with me
wherever I go.
How It All Happened... Click to read Annettes Story