Service men and women honored in Day of Deployment celebration

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- October 26th is National Day of the Deployed. So some Huntsville organizations came together to show their support for those who have served, or are currently deployed, and for their families.

The Huntsville Madison County Veterans Memorial Park was sprinkled with dozens of men and women who have been deployed, and families of those currently deployed, despite damp conditions. For the second year in a row, the park hosted a National Day of Deployment celebration to honor our service men and women.

"This is a time to come together and celebrate our deployed, past, present, future, you know just to honor them and their families," says Kiley Henry, Director of A Smile For Troops.

The event acknowledged the important roles families and friends at home play in the lives of those deployed.  Guest speaker Mary Scott Hunter has experienced deployment, and has also experienced being home, while her husband was deployed.

"As the wife of a deployed service member, you're going to have your moments where you're handling it really well, and you're strong, and you're doing everything you need to do and everything for the kids and making your meals and getting everybody to church on time and school on time. And then there's going to be that moment when the television doesn't work and the hot water heater goes out and you're going to flip out."

The celebration included speakers, a special performance by Lee High School students, a wreath laying, and honor guards. The Day of Deployment celebration was organized by members of A Smile For Troops, which provides care packages for deployed service members.