TUPELO – Soldiers of the Army Reserve’s 658th Quartermasters Unit took a day off to relax and have a little fun on Sunday.
The soldiers brought their kids, spouses, parents and other family members out to the VFW post on Michell Road for the unit’s third annual Family Day.
“This is the biggest Family Day we’ve ever had,” said Cheryl Bramlett, a member of the Family Readiness Group that sponsors the event.
Twenty-eight members of the unit are currently overseas, and some of their family members attended the celebrations. That’s what makes the day so special, Bramlett said.
“The soldiers getting to have fun with their families is great,” she said. “They’re all mixing and mingling with everybody.”
Besides plenty of food, the day featured music, a dunking booth and inflatable slides. Members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association were on hand to bless some motorcyclists and their riders.
Sgt. Rosey Stewart of New Albany brought her husband, Michael, and their three children, Jasmine, Jalen and Kenyada, out to the event. The family lunched on hot dogs before heading outside for some dunking and sliding.
“We’ve been here every time,” Stewart said. “I didn’t have to cook today – I’m the cook – so this is the first time we get to have some fun.”
Stewart said she was looking forward to dunking some of her bosses in the dunking booth.
“They’re always messing with me,” she said with a laugh. She said she enjoys the opportunity to hang out with her fellow soldiers and their kids.
“My kids love it. They always ask when they’re going to have this,” she said.
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