Saturday, April 21, 2012

Coast Guard aviators say thank you

Mobile, Ala. (WALA) - On Saturday, some members of the Coast Guard took time out of their day to thank their supporters.

In a matter of moments, four American heroes lost their lives on a fateful Tuesday night in February , and their families were left with the burden. 

It has been about two months since then, but good Samaritans and organizations like the Coast Guard Foundation shared the load by giving monetary and emotional support to help them out.

The Coast Guard Foundation provides financial support and scholarships to families of Coast Guard heroes.

Galen Farris, a friend of the fallen Coast Guardsmen said, "It's all about saying 'thanks'."

A group of Coast Guard aviators held a benefit at The Shed Barbecue and Blues Joint. Bands volunteered to provide entertainment while Coast Guard service members sold T-shirts and took donations, all to benefit the Coast Guard Foundation.

Farris said the purpose of this event was "to thank them for what they did for us."

Across Mobile Bay, in Daphne, others were thinking the exact same thing.

The Lower Alabama Lacrosse League held a tournament with youth teams from around the Gulf Coast.

Organizers also sold t-shirts and took donations for the Coast Guard foundation .

Organizer John Mixon said, "It's a challenging time for us all, but we move forward, and that's what's called on us to do."

As this Coast Guard family looks ahead — the loss of four of their comrades still on their hearts — they're being sure to thank those who helped them through this tough ordeal.

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