Businesses in Valdosta Salute the Military

Local businesses in the Azalea City are breaking out their red, white and blue for a special week honoring America's military.

As small token of their appreciation, local businesses are stepping up and saying thank you to the men and women fighting for our freedom.

Buddy Bumgarner, a real estate agent, says, "I think it’s important anytime, but anytime we're in war I think it’s more significant because there are loved ones that are separated. It could be during a birthday or during an anniversary, so I think anytime it’s significant."

The Valdosta Chamber of Commerce is encouraging businesses to really salute the military next week.

Jack Edwards, Military Affairs Chairman, says, "We certainly hope they would participate by putting up signs or flags or using their marquee to show their support for Moody and our military."

Martin Brown, a participating business spokesman, adds, "I think a large part of the businesses [shared] comes from these men and women in [the] community. Do you think your businesses would suffer if Moody went away? I think I'd hear a resounding yes."

Officials say they hope this the special week dedicated to our military will give both businesses and independent folks the opportunity to tip their hats to those who fight for our freedom.

The Chamber of Commerce will end its salute to military week with their Moody Fun Fair and Military Breakfast July 22 and 23.