East Texans Rally For Troops

East Texans were showing their support for the men and women of Operation Iraqi Freedom Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville. The "I Love America" rally was held today, drawing more than a hundred people.

The event began with a procession of local boy scouts who presented flags, then led the crowd in the pledge of allegiance. Patriotic music and speeches were also given. For people watching the war from the homefront, the rally gave them a chance to express their feelings and support for their troops.

"I think a lot of people don't realize a lot of things our boys are going through," Jacksonville's Amanda Moore says. "They're over there fighting for us and I think we just need to show them some support and let them know we all care about them back here at home."

Several veterans and relatives of military personnel spoke at Saturday's event. People were encouraged to write the names of loved ones serving in the Middle East on cardboard stars, which were tied to balloons and released after the rally.

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.