Pro-Troop Rally Held in Yuma

Story by Carissa Planalp, 9/5/2007

Pro-Troop Rally Held in Yuma

YUMA, Ariz. - Dozens of people gathered near Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Wednesday for a pro-troop rally. Members of the group Move America Forward had a clear message -- that our troops overseas are making a difference.

Tom and Susan Ramus wore pins because they have a son who's about to head off to Iraq.

"I know he takes care of himself, and the men he's with that are under him take care of him," says Susan.

Freeman Miller waved Old Glory because he's a veteran.

"I know what it's like to be out in the desert, I was out in the Gulf War, thnking that people forgot you and you're just out there by yourself," says Freeman.

Leaders at the rally shouted, "we will not be beat," but the most vocal member of the group was Debbie Lee of Surprise, Arizona. Her son, Marc Allen Lee, was the first Navy SEAL to be killed in Iraq.

"I think it's important for the media and everybody to know that the majority of Americans do still support our troops, and we want to be successful and complete the mission," says Debbie.  She's taking her battle to Capitol Hill where she hopes to persuade Democratic leaders to give troops a chance to finish the job. "My son gave up his life for them, and they should at least be able to listen to me.

There were no protestors at the rally. Meanwhile the "Fight for Victory" tour should arrive in Washington, D.C. on September 15, the same day Army General David Petraeus delivers his crucial report on the progress in Iraq.

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