Soldier's Mother Plans Parade for Troops

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Planning an event can be a lot of work, especially when you're doing it alone.

When Linda Dixon's son, Tommy Early, was deployed to Iraq, all she could think about was his return.

"Last year before he went to Iraq, I promised him, I said when you come back for a couple of weeks, before you go back, I'm gonna throw you the biggest parade you've ever seen, and he said 'I'm gonna hold you to that," Dixon said.

Now, that's just what she's trying to do.

"I don't care if I don't sleep and how long it takes or how many discouraging things happen, I'm gonna get this parade on the road," she said.

Even though Linda is working hard to make the parade happen, she said she can't do it without community support.

So local business people like Lisa Shingleton, a salon owner, are doing what they can to lend a hand.

"I just want to give back because that's what it's all about. If she's gonna support me, I"m gonna support her and help her, and this is very important to her," Shingleton said.

Dixon said it's not only important because of her son, but because she feels all military troops need a little encouragement.

The parade is scheduled for next Saturday, the 13th, at 11 a.m. in St. Marys.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2008 at 06:41 AM
    good luck on the parade. bring our troops home safe..........
  • by Tammy Location: Newport on Sep 6, 2008 at 12:10 PM
    God speed, Tommy Early. Thank you for defending our country. Kudos to his mom for putting together the parade. I hope it is a big success!
  • by Becky Location: monroe county on Sep 6, 2008 at 10:21 AM
    I want to say i am proud of this mother and to the community for pulling together to help her. We need more loving caring people like these. i hope it is a big success!!!!!
  • by Trina Location: Vienna on Sep 6, 2008 at 03:14 AM
    Thank you Linda Dixon for you support of our troops, not only your son! I will be at your parade with my two smiling daughters to cheer these brave men and women on. I encourage all people to make the short drive to St. Mary's to cheer or wave a flag for these people that keep us safe and free!!!!
  • by notamyname Location: St.Mary`s on Sep 5, 2008 at 05:31 PM
    Every town should throw a parade for the troops returning from Iraq, and it should be a community effort....thank you Linda, A military mom
  • by Anonymous on Sep 5, 2008 at 04:50 PM
    well I dont live there but I think they need to more stuff for the troops when they come home...........
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