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11/20/04

Military Families Get Timeless Advice

Acting Anonymous, a teen acting group from Center Stage in Biloxi, gave military families a few things to ponder Saturday afternoon in the play "All I Really Need To Know, I Learned In Kindergarten."

It was all part of the effort to celebrate those heroes who remain at home holding down the home front while their loved ones are serving overseas.

"This play is about family values. About the things that you learn early in life, carry you all the way through. And when a group of teenagers performs it, it really hits home.We want to do something for our families. We want to let them know how much we appreciate all they go through because they are heroes," said Fleet and Family Support Center representative Sue Maters.

A few heroes in the audience included Sharon Harp and her son Casey.

Sharon's husband is currently serving his second tour of duty in Iraq.

She thought this play would be a sort of spirit-lifter as they approach the holidays without him at home.

"It's really hard on kids to understand family values when Dad is gone six months out of every ten because it's like well what's the point of the holiday? What's the point...Dad's not here, what does it matter. So it's kind of hard to explain to them that even though he's gone, it's important that we still be tight as a family," said Harp.

One lesson of the play - "when you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together".

And that's the most important advice these military families say they plan to follow until their loved ones return home.

Organizers say Military Families Month helps put a little extra focus on family support at home by assisting military families in coming together in support of each other, especially during the holidays.

By Karla Redditte

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