NRCA member celebrates U.S. soldiers

Bill Johnson, owner of NRCA member Johnson Roofing Inc., Waco, Texas; the Texas Military Family Foundation; and many volunteers joined to thank U.S. soldiers at Johnson's 500-acre (200-hectare) ranch in Robinson, Texas, on June 4. The purpose of the event was not only to show gratitude, but also to create a prototype for communities finding ways to help and befriend soldiers.

More than 2,000 people gathered at the event, including more than 800 Fort Hood soldiers from the Texas Military Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides direct delivery support to soldiers going to war or returning home, as well as support for soldiers involved in homeland security.

The event, referred to as Operation Building Bridges, offered a host of activities and entertainment, including 30 bands and singing groups; fishing; horseback riding; and the Sweethearts of Texas, a professional flag rider rodeo team, among others. Attendees included guitarist Ted Nugent, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Congressman Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas) and State Rep. Charles Anderson (R-Waco). Because of their efforts, the Johnsons were invited to Fort Hood and presented with a plaque of the Battalion Colors and Brigade Coin. They also were invited to attend the Change of Command Ceremony at Hood Stadium.