Greensboro, NC-- It was a special ceremony on Saturday night in Greensboro. The Triad Tribute to the Troops brought more than 250 men and women from across the state together to celebrate those who fight for our freedom.
Hosted by the USO of North Carolina, the event brought together vets and service men and women from across the state to enjoy each other's fellowship and honor one another. From World War II veterans to active service members, the night was full of pride and patriotism, with a special focus on the Triad.
"It's all based on funds that we raise here locally and that's part of our goals here in Greensboro tonight, to provide a presence, and to say thank you to the members of the Triad who served their country," said Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Tom Waskow.
In between dinner, live music, and entertainment was a chance to reflect on North Carolina's rich military history. The USO started in the Tarheel state 71 years ago. On Saturday night at the Koury Convention Center, four generations of North Carolina military service were recognized. While the night focused on honoring our heroes, it was also a call for help for this generation of American military members and their families.
Staff Sergeant Tommy Rieman, a Silver Star and Purple Heart Recipient spoke to News 2 about the rough transition when returning home. Rieman said the USO helps to make the troops feel less isolated, something that's often a struggle for military members trying to reintegrate into society.
"They don't know the burdens and the sacrifices that are upon the soldier. The USO of NC does and they're there every day through thick and thin no matter what to make sure that they thank us and they're there for us."
All of the money raised from Triad Tribute to the Troops will be used to benefit North Carolina military members and their families.
In 2011, the USO of North Carolina touched the lives of 407,000 service members and their families. They hope to beat that number in 2012.
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