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More than 500 attend yellow ribbon ceremony

January 14, 2011 • Local News

New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez greets troops of the 717th Brigade Support Battalion who are scheduled for deployment to Kosovo during a yellow ribbon ceremony Thursday at the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau. (Mark Wilson Photo)

Emotions ran high at Thursday’s yellow ribbon ceremony at the Roswell Civic Center.

“It’s a send-off … a tribute to the men and women of this community,” Mayor Del Jurney said. “We want them to know that our prayers and our encouragement go with them when they travel across the globe. Our thoughts and our prayers go with them as they travel across the world, for a mission of peace-keeping to help other nations … continue to bring support and freedom to this nation. It’s a special day … a very special day.”

Approximately 450 Army National Guard soldiers will be deployed to Kosovo for a “peace keeping” mission later this month. Among them are soldiers like Login to read more

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