PERRYSBURG, Ohio (NNS) -- Military family fun and appreciation day in Perrysburg, Ohio, welcomed all branches of Reserve, National Guard, active duty and their families for fun, relaxation and pampering.
The small community has been stretched thin by the mobilization of Reservists to participate in the global war on terrorism. Many local service members have been mobilized, some more than once. Many remain deployed.
"We need to let these families know we're behind them, and it's important for the kids to see their parents are being cared for," said Marine Gunnery Sgt. Steve Kosinski. Kosinski is the peacetime/war time family readiness officer for the Marine Corps Reserve based in Perrysburg Township.
About 750 people attended the event, which began with a short recognition ceremony to acknowledge all troops, especially those who have been activated since Sept. 11. Those attending enjoyed a variety of games and attractions for adults and children.
"This is an oasis of fun in a normally horrific environment," said Command Master Chief Ron Andrus. "It is great to be able to recognize all of our activated servicemen and women."
Loretta and David Albert were among those taking part in the activities. They have a son currently deployed with the Marines in Kuwait.
"It really helps to know that there are other people going through the same thing," Albert said. "It really helps keep your morale up."
"This was a great opportunity for us to all get together, said Susan Cooper, ombudsman with Port Security Unit 309, a Coast Guard Reserve unit from Port Clinton, Ohio. "We had people drive two hours to get here because they thought it was worthwhile."
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