Concert-Goers Asked To Sign Drum Support Petition

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There was a bigger mission for the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization and director Carl McLaughlin: gather as much support as possible.

"We're going to be asking them to just sign a very simple petition stating that they support the current mission and current soldier strength at Fort Drum," McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin thought Watertown's Concert in the Park would be a great time to get the word out and try to get some signatures. That's in the wake of a recent Army report showing what would happen to northern New York if 16,000 soldiers and civilians were cut.

"We're taking this opportunity because this is an annual gathering," he said.

The more signatures, the better it looks when Fort Drum faces military cuts. Concert-goer Joanne Slygar thinks the petition is a great idea.

"We need the military here, we need it for our economy," she said. "Obviously without them I don't think we'd keep as many young people as we do and we need our young here."

McLaughlin says this is just the beginning.

"This is just the kick-off," he said. "We'll be looking for signatures all summer long."

"They bring their cultures," Slygar said. "They bring so many different ideas with them that we enjoy here that we wouldn't have without them."

For more information on the petition, go to drum2025.com.

Monday, September 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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