A little bit of normalcy returned to Liberty County as Fort Stewart hosted a live concert featuring Country duo Big and Rich.
John Rich met and greeted folks prior to the concert signing bottles of Redneck Riviera Whiskey. Rich said each bottle sold raised money for Folds of Honor, an organization that places children and spouses of fallen soldiers through college.
Rich said the whiskey has funded 115 scholarships in the past two years.
Rich said he has performed all around the world, but it was his first visit to Fort Stewart and he was ready to celebrate with all the incredible people he has met on post.
“If it weren’t for men and women willing to fight for our Country guys like me don’t get to pursue happiness or do anything with our lives that we want to,” Rich said. “Because of men and women willing to do what they do; we still have a country.”
Rich said had has several family members who served in the military dating back to his grandparents’ era and promised an energetic show for the crowd.
Also this past weekend a drive through ceremony was held at Bryant Commons Park for the annual Relay for Life event Friday evening. More than 100 cars and 274 people took part driving through a lineup of luminaries bearing the name of a person who lost their battle with cancer. Participants who attended were given information about Cancer and how to fight it as well as an opportunity of supporting the American Cancer Society by providing a donation.
Event Leader Dr. Karen Bell said the event was successful.
“People were still able to honor or celebrate or remember their loved one,” she said.
She said monetary donations were being accepted until Monday and a raffle will be drawn with one person winning a prize.
Dr. Bell said their annual relay walk is something they miss because it brings people together but by being creative, they managed to keep everyone safe during the ongoing pandemic while still raising funds to help find a cure.
“Last year we couldn’t even do a drive-through or team camps,” Dr. Bell said. “We just had the luminaires at James Brown Park. This year was a step up. We were able to have (team) camps and the luminaries.”
Dr. Bell said she hopes next year they will be able to go back to an in-person relay event.
See photo gallery here: Relay 4 Life
VIDEO: John Rich performs on Fort Stewart
VIDEO: 2021 Relay for Life