We’d like to thank Sgt. Anthony Peak of the U.S. Army for his service. His wife sent us the attached letter nominating him for this year’s “A Hero’s Holiday”. Sgt. Peak will be picked up next Friday in a limo and receive:
- Taken to breakfast at Cosmos
- Downtown for a private meeting with Mayor Tom Henry to receive the Certificate Of Excellence
- Taken to AMC Theatre Jefferson Point for a private movie of their choice
- Taken to lunch at Mitchell’s Sports Bar
- Taken to Dinner at Don Hall’s Triangle Park
- Taken to the Memorial Coliseum and receive the military honor before the Komets game
- Enjoy the game in Federated Media’s private suite
- Then taken back home where a certain guy in a big red suit will have LOADS OF PRESENTS for the whole family!
On behalf of “All American Stores” and the businesses listed below we thank Sgt. Peak and all the brave men and women of the U.S. Military for providing us with their service to our great nation. May you all have a blessed holiday season!
My name is Jennifer and I would like to nominate my husband Anthony (Tony) Peak. Tony served 15 years Active Duty Army before medically retiring in 2013. He was tasked with security when the World Trade Center fell and deployed twice to Iraq, twice to Afghanistan, once to South Korea, and once to Australia. His sacrifice for his country, having spent more time abroad than at home in those 15 years, affected his life tremendously. There were many missed holidays, birthdays, and celebrations but all something he would sacrifice again to protect this great nation. Tony suffers from wounds both visible and not so visible. The typical back, shoulder, and knee pain from being Airborne for many years, but also the mental side of war. He lost many friends while defending his country that still weigh heavy on his mind and heart all these years later. There is the social anxiety of being in public and just dealing with people on a daily basis whether it’s at work or home. War can change a person, someone who was once so carefree and happy, is now anxious and cautious to the extreme. Transitioning from the Army to the ‘civilian world’ has been hard but he takes life day-by-day with the hope that it will be better. Even with all that Tony still coordinates food drives and fundraisers to donate to homeless shelters, veterans, and their families. He knows the struggles of being homeless and essentially having nothing except the clothes on his back, he lived it first hand, and does not want anyone else to live it if he can help it. I remember when living in Texas he befriended a homeless man asking for donations on the side of the road, after speaking with the man at length, he went straight to Walmart and bought a phone so the man could call his son he hadn’t spoken with in 2 years. That’s one thing about him though he has such a giving heart. He has been known to give his last dollar to someone in need, both stranger and friend, knowing he will not be able to eat lunch that day. The best part about Tony though is his smile; he didn’t smile much for a very long time, at least until the birth of our daughter. He has really learned the meaning of true love and what it means to give everything for someone else. Even with the struggles of caring for a defiant, independent, 16 month old little girl he wakes up every day grateful for his daughter and his life. Tony is an amazing father and husband and I think he deserves recognition for all the years of service and sacrifice that still affect his life to this day. Thank you for your consideration.