NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.– A little rain can’t stop Sheri Chamblee from keeping tradition.
“I’m good to go,” says Chamblee as she walks Military Drive in North Little Rock.
Chamblee and her neighbors proudly walk with American flags in hand remembering those who gave the most.
The Amboy Neighborhood Association hangs flags along Military Drive on special holidays like Memorial day, but the observance has deeper meaning for Chamblee.
A psychiatric nurse at the North Little Rock VA, she comes from a long lineage of military service. Her husband is a veteran too.
“She loves our veterans and our active duty military and she knows without them, we wouldn’t have freedom,” Diana Morrison tells KARK.
Chamblee is also a mentor to young athletes.
“She commits to children. If they’re single moms or families that need transportation to practice for sports. Sheri is willing to haul them.” explains Morrison.
Lately, Chamblee and her husband Jonathan have been putting in a lot of hours at a vacant field in Little Rock..
“We are wanting to fix the field for the little hornets to play here,” says Chamblee.
The field may be overgrown and the track crumbling, but with a little TLC she hopes to revive the place that holds many memories from her childhood.
“My brothers played on this field. I played powder puff on this field. I ran this track,” says Chamblee.
After Oak Grove High school closed 2011, Sheri saw an opportunity to restore the home field of Razorback great, Darren McFadden,and bring her once close knit community back together.
“The kids get so excited when you tell them that DMac played here. They’re like ah, let me roll in the grass!”
Thursday KARK surprised Chamblee with a $250 Lowe’s gift card.
“I’m here on behalf of McDonald’s owners and operators in Central Arkansas to say thank you for the work you do with youth and the North Little Rock VA,” Nichole DiMichele, the Sherwood McDonald’s owner/operator told Chamblee.
“There is not enough time in the day for me to tell you what all she does. That’s why I nominated her because I believe she pays it forward every day,” says Morrison.
“Thank you,” says Chamblee.
Whether its loving her community or her country, Chamblee is paying it forward by preserving the past.
“That I put my put my footprint in, that I did something to make the world a better place.”
“Operation Hornet” is Saturday May 28th. Chamblee and a group of volunteers paint and build benches for the players. Anyone who’s interested in helping out should show up at the Oak Grove field in North Little Rock.