Tybee Tales: Island Salutes Military Heroes
Tybee Island is set to host 100 active and former military personnel and their families this weekend at the second annual Tybee Salutes Heroes event from Nov. 13-15.
Organized by the Tybee Salutes Heroes committee and American Legion Tybee Post 154, Tybee Salutes Heroes is a weekend-long celebration honoring the courageous men and women of the United States military. The most significant way the island is honoring these heroes is by providing lodging at no cost to them. Several island accommodations donated rooms, condos, cottages and homes for the families to stay in during the event.
A call for applications was made and more than 150 submissions were received for the event. Veterans of WWII (including a veteran wounded at Normandy), the Korean War, Persian Gulf War and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East applied. Active-duty soldiers who have been deployed to the Middle East are also among the distinguished number who applied.
The honored visitors are encouraged to spend quality time together on the island with their families. For many active personnel, their time spent on Tybee will be the only three-day span they have had together in months.
“Most of the families have experienced time without their loved ones during tours of duty, making time together difficult to come by,” said Liz Hood, Tybee Salutes Heroes committee member. “Tybee Island is honored to provide a weekend together as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to our service members and their families.”
It begins Nov. 13 when the families check into their accommodations. A welcome bag, donated by Visit Tybee, filled with coupons, discounts and gifts from local businesses will be waiting for them. Nov. 14 brings the Tybee Salutes Heroes Parade, sponsored by the city of Tybee Island, beginning at 1 p.m. on Butler Avenue. After the parade, a ceremony at Memorial Park features Georgia State Rep. Jesse Petrea as the special guest speaker. The evening also features a Military Family Celebration at American Legion Tybee Post 154 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. A huge potluck dinner, cash bar, children’s activities and more is in store for the night.
Nov. 15 is all about rest and relaxation for the families. Nothing is planned for that day, so the families can enjoy it however they choose. Several island businesses, restaurants and attractions are offering special discounts for the families to enjoy.
Show your support for our military men and women this weekend and cheer them on at the Tybee Salutes Heroes Parade. Miniature American flags will be passed out, so be sure to get yours and wave it proudly as America’s heroes march by!