VFW Sends Sacramento City Limits sign to Afghanistan

Posted by Nick Kump at Mar 16, 2011 10:30 AM |
The Veterans of Foreign Wars is helping Marines stationed in Afghanistan by sending them a little reminder of home. Read the story from the Sacramento Bee below.

Following up on a phone call he received March 4, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and City Hall have assembled a care package to be sent to "Patrol Base Sacramento," a Marine outpost being constructed in Afghanistan.

Johnson spoke with Staff Sgt. Anthony Silva III, a Marine fighting in Afghanistan who asked for a U.S. flag, a California flag and a sign that reads, "Sacramento City Limits" to place at the base's entrance. Johnson got those items - along with a table full of snacks and sporting goods.

"I'm very proud of the city staff who came together," the mayor said Tuesday.

Donations came in from the city's police, fire, parks, revenue and code enforcement departments.

U.S. flags were donated by Rep. Doris Matsui and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, including a flag that once flew over the U.S. Capitol. Gov. Jerry Brown's office donated the state flag.

The care package was scheduled to be taken to Travis Air Force Base on Tuesday, then shipped to Afghanistan. The USO and VFW are paying to have the goods shipped overseas.

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