SIKESTON -- To Tammy Barborek, there will never be a way to thank veterans enough for all of their service.
"The veterans deserve a lot more tribute than what we give them," she said.
And that's why she pitched the idea of a "Hands Across Sikeston" event in honor of veterans to fellow members of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 3174.
The event is planned to begin at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the flag pole in Sikeston Sports Complex. Those who register for the event will wear matching T-shirts and join hands in a walk to Veteran's Park, where a picnic will take place.
"We're going to be hand in hand, walking one by one," she said. "No one is going to break the chain."
Sue Rogers, president of the Auxiliary, said she and other group members were "so excited" about Barborek's idea. Like Barborek, Rogers, whose family has served for more than 200 years, said she doesn't think veterans garner enough attention.
"I feel that everybody does appreciate veterans in their hearts, but in our busy lives, we don't often take the time to say 'thank you,'" said Rogers. "This is the way that we can say 'thank you, and we appreciate you,' in unison to all of them."
Barborek said she suggested the idea -- which she's been contemplating for several years -- in response to a walk for a different cause she saw years ago in another state. She finally brought up the idea not only as a way to honor veterans but also raise money for some of the charities the Auxiliary supports. "There is nothing better than helping organizations that need it," she said.
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