Alyssa Marie Preston (pictured at right center and wearing a nurse's hat), 5, created the Fourth of July sign shown above.
Her mother, grandmother and three-year-old brother gave her andquot;only a little assistance,andquot; according to grandmother Linda Witvoet. The first grade girl likes to write, and painted the letters with no help.
andquot;It was a big task for her to accomplish, but she completed it,andquot; Witvoet said in a letter to The Daily Triplicate.
Alyssa's uncle, Paul Johnson, 23 is serving in Iraq as a medic.
andquot;Alyssa had ahuge desire to paint her own sign,andquot; Witvoet wrote.
Her mother, Danielle Preston, made the Fourth of July signs for Sutter Coast Hospital.
andquot;Since the theme of this year's parade was 'Through the eyes of a child,' Danielle decided to lether make her own sign. It is amazing that at this ageshe loves to write.andquot;Alyssaprinted and painted the letters all by herself. The process took about three days.
Alyssa's great-aunt, Ann Johnson founded the Web site adoptaussoldier.com, a site for cheering up those in the service and stationed abroad.