875th Saluted by Charlie Daniels Band

October 28, 2007 - Posted at 10:28 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO- It was a night about being together and saying thanks for a job well done.

"We were together for so long, and sometimes you forget who was behind these people.  So, it was good after hearing stories about peoples spouses and families to finally be able to put faces with those names," said Sgt. Sherry Warren.

Sunday hundreds  of 875th soldiers and their families gathered for the Stars and Stripes Salute.

Even a special song from PFC Bateman filled the air, telling a story of war and of homecoming.

"They are all heroes.  These guys and gals are all heroes.  They are my heroes," said Cpt. Brian Mason.

Of course, only heroes coulud bring about a night like this one.  Headlining the event was country music legend Charlie Daniels.

"I know he is a very big supporter of veterans.  I can't wait to shake his hand and thank him for all of his support," said Spc. Jonathan Wheeler.

Downstairs, a few wounded soldiers got that opportunity, shaking Charlie's hand and even getting a picture or two.

"I have so much respect and admiration for them.  Anytime I can do anything that is on the positive side of the troops, I'm always glad to do it," said Charlie Daniels.

So just after 7 he and the band took to the stage.  As he squealed the fiddle, the crowd went wild.  However, even for Daniels tonight was about the troops.

"These are the best we've got.  Our armed forces, our men and women in uniform are the best Americans we have," said Daniels.

Hundreds showed up to the Stars and Stripes Salute.

It was also a very Happy Birthday to Charlie Daniels who celebrated his 71st birthday with the troops here in Region 8.

Story ideas or comments?  Email Will at wcarter@kait8.com.