By Sharilyn Wells/ParaglideApril 15, 2011
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Rain or shine, Fort Bragg's Survivor Outreach Services was determined to have a fun day for the Families of fallen Soldiers. Carnival games, a sumo wrestling ring, a large velcro wall and food supplied by the Armed Services YMCA awaited the Families at Smith Lake Recreation Area, Saturday. With mist in the air, the children ran from game to game, collecting tickets, which would be turned in for a prize.
"This is really just a time to allow survivors and their children to relax and enjoy time with other survivors," explained Charlotte Watson, SOS program manager. "We had a good turn out last year which allowed us to make this an annual event."
The only official Army ceremony during the event was the presentation of the Fort Bragg Medallion for Surviving Children.
"We really want to show the commitment that Fort Bragg has to our surviving Families," said Watson. "And this event, which is free, does exactly that."
According to the OneSourse web site, the SOS program mission states this is will "build a unified support program which embraces and reassures survivors that they are continually linked to the Army Family for as long as they desire." For more information on the SOS program, call 396-0384.