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10 August 2007, 08:00 PM
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I'd like to draw your attention to a special cause the ISA is involved
Sgt. Thomas M. Gilbert, 24, of Downers Grove, Ill., paid the ultimate sacrifice on Oct.
25, 2006 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province,
Thomas was an avid fisherman, deeply passionate about everything
related to the outdoors.
On August 11th, 2007 the ISA will be conducting the Kids Casting
portion of this very special kids fishing day at Herrick Lake in Du
Sgt. Gilbert loved to spend much of his time fishing at this facility,
making this event that much more special for all involved.
Approximately 200 kids of military will be brought to the lake on
buses provided by the USO, and soldiers from area bases will be
helping to assist these children in the many activities planned. Major
sponsors include the ISA and Bass Pro Shops to help ensure that
each child is shown that they have the opportunity to enjoy the sport
the rest of us sometimes take for granted. Every child will leave with
their very own fishing rod and reel so they have the
ability to spend many more days on the water after this day is over.
While many of them have parents fighting abroad so that we may enjoy
our freedoms at home, sometimes it becomes necessary to heed the
portion of the ISA mission statement regarding "education", as this is
truly one of the best ways to promote the future of fishing and a
heritage that has been passed to all of us at some point in our lives.
Thomas wouldn't have settled for anything less, and we owe it to him
to take one day away from our hectic schedules and devote it to his
memory and legacy.
If you can find a few hours of time to come out and help us with the
Kids Casting portion, please notify me as soon as you make the
decision to attend.
Email or call.
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