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October 10, 2006

Not all Moms are Cindy Sheehan.

...but you knew that!

Supporters rally for troops 2nd annual event started with a Hoosier Marine's plea to his mother back home By James A. Gillaspy james.gillaspy@indystar.com In 2005, Lance Cpl. Scott Huse, Pendleton, contacted his mom from Iraq about a woman who was protesting the war after her son's death in action.

The other mom was Cindy Sheehan, whose efforts to confront President Bush and criticize the war in Iraq had attracted a growing audience of supporters across the nation.

"He said, 'We've seen the war protests. Does nobody back home support us anymore?' " Connie Huse recalled Sunday.

Their exchange was the beginning of a grass-roots effort by Huse and some other Marines' moms in Central Indiana to publicly recognize the troops' selfless duty, regardless of their mission.

The 2nd Annual Support Our Troops Rally was held Sunday at the Indiana World War Memorial, where Huse and other moms joined other veterans' families in a salute to military service.

"This is a totally nonpolitical rally," said Anderson resident Vickie Widing, mother of Lance Cpl. Zachary Widing, who is bound for Iraq.

"We're just supporting our brothers and sisters and husbands and wives," she said. "It's an honor to be here."

Even the little people got involved...

Brownies show their support

A group of small girls attending the Support Our Troops Rally contributed in a big way. Members of Brownie Troop 1916 of Fishers were recognized for several acts of kindness over the past year. The girls made 50 Christmas cards for soldiers in Iraq, donated 200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, sent 50 Easter baskets and, in their latest show of support, disguised 200 Tootsie Roll Pop gifts as Halloween ghosts.

Read the whole story here. H/t, Mike D.