Tribute to the Troops coming to Henry

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin
Lance Corporal Bradley Atkins

Chillicotheans may want to lend their support to the family of a Marine who died too soon as Tribute To The Troops will pay a visit to the family.

LCPL Bradley Atkins was killed after his car crashed in San Bernardino County, Calif., in April 2002. He was buried in Blue Ridge Cemetery.

A Henry native, he was 25 and left behind two daughters — Morgan and McKenna — as well as other family members.

His mother, Jamie (Stieghorst) Appel is a 1973 graduate of IVC High School and his father, Timothy Atkins, a 1970 graduate. His grandmother, Donna Stieghorst, is a lifelong Chillicothe community member.

Tribute to the Troops is made up of volunteers who raise awareness for the sacrifices made by those in the military and their families.

A parade of motorcycles is tentatively planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at the home of Atkins’ two daughters, 1003 Front St. in Henry.

The visit also includes a 30-minute presentation of a plaque and tribute to Atkins.

The time may be changed as the group will be riding from Rockford and will make two stops before coming into Henry.

Refreshments and lunch will be served at the Henry Bowling Alley following the service.

For more information about Tribute to the Troops, visit www.tributetothetroops.org.