Last Modified: Monday, August 18, 2014 12:18 PM
Outside of the Civic Center Saturday, a few members from the Mayor’s Armed Forces Commission spent the morning helping local residents show their support for Fort Polk Progress. The group set up a table with petition letters and provided anyone that stopped by with information about the proposed troop reduction at the Army post in Vernon Parish.
Roy Sanders, a Mayor’s Armed Forces Commission member, said the crowd throughout the day had been steady. By 10 a.m., he said there were several hundred signed letters in the stack on the table.
“There has been a good number of people that have come. This is our stack here,” Sanders said as he grabbed the papers. “We have about 50 or 60 more letters left. I would say there are about 300 here in this stack alone.”
A few residents walked to the table as Sanders spoke about the day’s traffic. Each took only a few moments to decide to sign a letter themselves before moving on.
“All of them are really glad to do this. A lot remember the deduction they tried to have years ago,” commission president Edward Hudson said. “They’re really glad to support. We need our troops because a deduction could trickle down all the way.”
Hudson spent part of the day giving local residents the finer details of the possible troop reduction and explaining the efforts of Fort Polk Progress. The organization’s recent efforts lowered possible cuts by the Army in both 2012 and 2013.
“A lot of the people that come up to the table don’t need any explanation whatsoever on what’s going on,” Hudson said. “They just want to do whatever they can do to help soldiers. That’s helping our community too because there are a lot of people in our community that are connected to Fort Polk.”