Rally raises funds for vet support

Milt Cannon is gearing up to raise money for some veteran organizations at the Hero’s Honor Rally next week.

Held at ’Tis Art Center & Gallery, 105 S. Cortez St., on Friday, Oct. 6, the only way to make this Hero’s Honor Rally better than those held previously is to take in more money for donations, said Cannon, noting that money from red shirt sales goes to local military organizations and donations go to Paralyzed Veterans of America.

It’s hard to predict how much will come in though, he said.

“It depends on who comes out and how well I’m able to sell it,” he said, remarking on all the catastrophes going on in the world that are all needing help. Hero’s Honor Rally may not take precedence over raising money for efforts relieving damage caused by the earthquake in Mexico or Hurricane Irma, but “we’re hoping for the best.”

From 4 to 8 p.m., there’ll be live jazz with refreshments and free CDs at the door with T-shirts reduced to $8 to $10 along with $10 admission, or $5 with a red shirt Friday’s T-Shirt. All sale proceeds and donations going to support veterans.

As a veteran himself, Cannon said he’s encouraged to continue doing the Hero’s Honor Rally, mentioning that there’s so much veterans and members of the military go through every day.

“Even as we speak, they’re out there on the line,” he said, commenting that they shouldn’t be forgotten about and he thinks about them all the time, wearing a bracelet every day to remember them. “It’s not something we as Americans should treat lightly. They’re out there for us 24/7, 365. It gets no better than that.”

Cannon said he feels safe to do what he does because of the veterans, commenting that he’s able to it because of them.

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