Guardsmen being honored
Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2011 12:28 am
A Freedom Salute ceremony for more than 170 Tennessee National Guardsmen from Tiptonville and Dresden will be held Saturday in Union City.
The program honors not only National Guard soldiers, but families and individuals or groups in their respective communities who went “above and beyond” in helping units and families during deployment.
Maj. Gen. Mike Maloan, deputy commander, Joint Force Headquarters, will address the soldiers, families and guests at the ceremony.
The program will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Union City Civic Auditorium, located at 1311 High School Drive.
The West Tennessee Guardsmen will each be presented a beautiful cased American flag, a ceremonial coin, a medallion and lapel pin commemorating service to their country. Guardsmen who have served more than one tour of duty are to receive special recognition.
The prestigious Minuteman Statue and a large framed American flag mosaic will be presented to individuals and organizations or businesses in the community for their outstanding support of the unit and families during the deployment.
The Dresden and Tiptonville units, comprising the 1171st Transportation Company, deployed to Kuwait in December 2009 and returned home in December 2010. While deployed, the 1171st vehicles logged more than 1.4 million miles, primarily in Iraq.
Published in The Messenger 3.11.11