Sunday, October 4, 2009

Alpha Troop

On Saturday, October 3, 2009, a send-off ceremony was held at the Taylor, Texas High School, for Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 112th Calvary Regiment of the Texas National Guard. The troop will soon be deploying to Iraq.

Patriot Guard Riders rode their motorcycles to the high school and formed lines of American flags on both sides of the entrance to the high school. The 130 soldiers of Alpha Troop marched through the flags and into the high school auditorium, followed by family and friends.

During the ceremony, the Colors were presented by a ROTC honor guard, the National Anthem was sung, and words of encouragement were offered by various dignitaries.

Among the dignitaries present to recognize these brave soldiers were United States Congressman John Carter, State Senator Steve Ogden, State Representative Diana Maldonado and Williamson County Commission Ron Morrison.

Senator Ogden presented the soldiers with a flag that had flown over the Texas Capitol in honor of their work and sacrifice.

Be safe soldiers, and, OORAH.

(thanks to the Taylor Daily Press)

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