Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) and a few of its Chapters recently held Patriot Day events to honor the lives lost and those injured in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and provide an opportunity to show appreciation for the service and sacrifice of all our nation’s Sheep Dogs. This year marked the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. While events were free to attend, donations received will be used to provide Sheep Dogs in need with Thanksgiving meals and Christmas gifts for their children.
SDIA’s Northwest Arkansas Chapter, Arkansas River Valley Team and Central Arkansas Chapter joined together for a special day honoring the fallen at this year’s 6th Annual SDIA Patriot Day event, held in Little Rock Arkansas at War Memorial Stadium. This year is also the 100th anniversary of the United States Marine Corps Reserves, which were commemorated with a special Centennial Celebration at the event.
A proclamation from Little Rock Mayor, Mark Stodola, was read to attendees that recognized September 10, 2016, as “Sheep Dog Impact Assistance – Patriot Day.” Arkansas Governor, Asa Hutchinson, wrote a letter which was also read welcoming everyone to Patriot Day; the letter thanked SDIA for its efforts.
The event was well attended, and the inaugural Patriot Bowl 8-on-8 Flag Football Tournament was fiercely competitive. The tournament’s winning team, the Arkansas Wolverines, received a trophy, the game ball, and the opportunity to defend their title at next year’s tournament.
More photos of these Patriot Day events can be seen on the National SDIA Facebook page, as well as the Central Arkansas Chapter‘s page.
On September 10th, the Kansas Chapter held it’s 2nd Annual Patriot Day Car Show, with over 40 cars on display and heavy support from the community. With help from event sponsors and community partners, they were able to raise $1,500. The Kansas Chapter thanks AutoSound, Tim’s Paint Works, WIBW, the Topeka Police Department, and Brown’s Super Service for their support and commitment to helping Sheep Dog Impact Assistance. For more photos of the event, click here.
NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA CHAPTER
The Northeast OK Chapter held their first Patriot Day event in the parking lot at Dave & Buster’s in Tulsa. First responder vehicles, static displays, a helicopter, bomb squad and more were on display. Of special interest by many were the Police Racing cars. This free event raised money which will be used to help Sheep Dog families in need have a happy holiday season. For more photos from the event, visit the Northeast OK Chapter’s Facebook page.