An event aimed at honoring Fort Benning soldiers and their families takes place Saturday at Peachtree Mall in Columbus.
Billed as “A Small Gift of Thanks for Our Troops,” it will include a free $10 gift card, military discounts, entertainment and activities for the kids.
“The soldiers and their families sacrifice so much for us that we want to take this opportunity to express our appreciation,” said mall general manager Chris McCoy, himself a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and quarterback for its football team. He also is a quarterback for the Columbus Lions indoor football team.
Activities Saturday include live entertainment and cookie decorating 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at center court. Those receiving gift cards must show valid military identification at the sales booth near Dillard’s. Military retirees also will be eligible for some discounts, the mall said.
The public can also express thanks to those in uniform by signing one of five banners that will be sent to units deployed from Fort Benning. The banner signing is 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Children also can create a thank-you card to be sent to a soldier on deployment.
Peachtree Mall is located on Manchester Expressway, near its intersection with Interstate 185.
— Tony Adams