COUNTRY JAM 2013: Honoring the troops on Military Day

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TOWN OF UNION, Wis. (WEAU) -- American flags are lined up all across the Country Jam grounds for Military Day. It’s a day Country Jam reserves to honor those who are and have served in the military.

Pam Speckien, the sponsorship and marketing director of Country Jam USA, said the first 5,000 people who entered the gates received small hand flags to wave throughout the day.

She said this year’s military day is ramped up more than ever before.

“Tonight we do have the flag presentation from the color guard and then Danielle Peck who is playing at 3:00 on the main stage, right before Kelly Clarkson she'll sing the national anthem on the main stage,” said Speckien.

And in support of the VFW, she said Burger King will present a check.

“We feel it’s a great way. They risk their lives for us every day to help give us our freedoms so it’s important that they get honored that way. All active military today will get in free on the grounds,” she said.

Those in uniform say it’s an honor to be honored.

“It’s actually kind of a great feeling, everybody appreciates you and what not and it makes you have a lot of self-worth for yourself,” said Jessica Brunson with the National Guard.

“I think it’s great to see all the patriotism from all the people that come here. We've had a lot of people come over and shake our hands say thank you for our service and it relay warms our hearts and makes us really feel like we're doing something great, not only for the United States but for our own communities,” said Master Sgt. Nikki Synowicz.

And the families of active military troops said Military Day is personal as they think about their own children overseas.

“My son that is almost 22 is serving in Afghanistan right now; hopefully he'll be home in September. And it’s very important for our freedom for the people that give their lives and their families that give their time for military, it’s important to honor them,” said Lisa French.

“If we didn't have the troops, we wouldn't have the freedoms we have today,” said Bob Geiger whose son is with the U.S. Air Froce. “Appreciate the flag. That stands for a lot. Appreciate the men and women in uniforms or and veterans because the veterans are the same as the ones in active duty right now. They supported the country in the past endeavors.”

Military Day will end with fireworks presented by Burger King following Kelly Clarkson’s performance.

On Saturday, Speckien said a veteran in need will be given a home thanks to the work of and Impact Gel, a sponsor of the site. A general will present the area veteran during the Big and Rich Show Saturday evening.

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