I belong to one of the greatest clubs in Payson. The name is Rim Country Classic Auto Club. We have our monthly meeting at the Mazatzal Casino.
At the April 2 meeting, I said to the members: "We are at war in Iraq, and what you see on television from the big three (ABC, NBC and CBS), and the big newspapers, are people protesting the war from around the world and the USA. They say we are wrong." I said to the members: "Let's put politics aside and have a cruise for the young men and women putting their lives on the line for the freedom of all people."
They said this was a great idea. The club decided we could have the Cruise for the Troops on April 13, the same day we have a Show and Shine at Famous Sam's.
We had a police escort through town for 68 cars, motorcycles and jeeps -- all decorated with American flags and yellow ribbons. What a beautiful sight!
People on the sidewalks, and in their cars, hollered, waved, and clapped in appreciation. The Payson Roundup advertised our Cruise for the Troops on April 11, on page 3A Around Rim Country.
Chris Atkins had radio station KMOG advertise the Cruise for us. My wife and I have had a lot of people say what a nice thing it was that our car club did for the troops. End of story.
Then, I read the Payson Roundup on April 25, on page 4A, in the What's Up column, a person wanted to know what was happening in town on April 13, with all the nice cars decorated with American flags, that they couldn't find anything in the newspaper.
Your answer was you ran a picture of one of the vehicles on page 8A in the Roundup on April 15. The caption under the photo explains what it was all about. The picture of the hot rod is very nice, but I think The Cruise for the Troops should be on the front page with a few more cars, and that it was just as important as the picture of Walgreens in color going to open sometime in June.
Thanks to all our members that made this possible, and especially to our president of the club, Larry Bertram, who took my idea and made it possible. He makes things happen.
Otis Wells, Payson