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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    March 23, 2006

No. 06-033

FREEDOM SALUTE WILL HONOR GUARDSMEN FOR SERVICE IN IRAQ

Soldiers of the 778th Transportation Company, Kansas National Guard, will be recognized for their service for Operation Iraqi Freedom during a “Freedom Salute” event on Saturday, March 25. The event will take place at 3 p.m. at the old National Guard Armory, 1709 Airport Road, Manhattan, Kan.

Freedom Salute is one of the Army National Guard’s largest soldier recognition endeavors in history. It recognizes soldiers, their families, and others who have supported soldiers as they answered the call to duty—both at home and abroad. Each eligible soldier will receive a cased American flag, a sequentially numbered commemorative coin; a “Defender of Freedom” certificate and a lapel insignia. Soldiers returning from their second mobilization will also receive a ring. The soldiers’ spouses and children will receive items recognizing their support and contributions, as well.

The American Legion Riders and Patriot Guard have been invited. Approximately 50 riders are expected to attend and show their support for the troops.

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