Fight Royal

The excitement and anticipation building all week was almost unbearable. And all along we’ve seen a host of media coverage. But as the sun sets on this last weekend of April 2011 I’m almost certain people will head outdoors after suffering what is certain to be a T.V. hangover. My three teenage daughters DVR’d the Royal Wedding, to watch at a later time because, well, they’re teenagers and value their sleep. The only problem is the 5 hour recording has been played 3 times now, because it’s virtually impossible to gather them into the same room at the same time these days.

Thankfully for me, and for you too, there are plenty of other crowd-gathering events worth a little DVR time. Not because you want to skip the commercials, but so you can replay these events when family members decide to watch the wedding over and over!

Granger Smith with Boot Girls Heather, Mariae & Meghan

Granger Smith, whom we told you about last week embarked on Easter Sunday on a 100 mile walk in combat boots to honor our men and women in the armed forces. He wasn’t even into day one when the reality of what our military do for us began to emerge for him, in the form of painful blisters, sun and wind burn. He quickly learned some new uses for things like deodorant, which can be applied to the feet to prevent sweating, and blistering. Oh the relief! The best part of his trip in boots was his amazing attitude. Although he was obviously tired to the core by mile 94 when we caught up with him, he was willing to sing for us live on the road during the 4/28 Get Your Boots ON Radio Show. He entered Ft. Hood Thursday afternoon after 100 miles to deliver a concert of appreciation. Lets  hope he put his feet up and tuned in to the tele for a little down time after that heroic display of gratitude.

If you missed the big News event on Friday, don’t worry, we have coverage for you right here! After reading the book Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell,  NHS students at Whitehouse High School decided to take the Boot Campaign message to their classmates and challenge them to get their boots ON! Their three week initiative culminated with a student assembly where 148 of them received their boots. They may not realize it now, but that gesture will become important to the dozen or so seniors who are currently enlisted for military service after graduation.

Photo courtesy Angela Greenwell

You may have started your weekend with “frills” but you’ll end it with your dukes up! Move your little couch-potato self over to the floor and strike your best fighting pose as UFC 129 (Sat. 4/30 – Toronto) announces its support of the Boot Campaign and Lone Survivor Foundation! For the next month UFC is calling all fans to put their Boot Campaign boots ON for the UFC 130 fight in Las Vegas May 28. You should submit to this request lest you find yourself tapped out on the couch come the end of May watching your DVR of the Royal Wedding again!

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About BootCampaign

The Boot Campaign is a grassroots initiative started by five women from Texas known as the Boot Girls. The Boot Campaign is a new way Americans can show their support for our active duty service members and veterans. This grassroots campaign has captured the attention of American celebrities and civilians – from professional athletes, politicians, country music stars and more – and is quickly gaining momentum. Money raised will support troops and veterans through the work of the Lone Survivor Foundation and other charities.
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