• Students, community honor departing National Guardsmen
By Jim Wallace, Correspondent

Norris Elementary School students get handshakes from soldiers. Photo by Jim Wallace, Correspondent.

The day began cloudy, but ended sunny as hundreds gathered at The Brickyard for the sendoff of Thomson’s National Guard battery Friday.
Among the crowd were local and state dignitaries and nearly 500 children from Norris Elementary School. Greg Derry, a former sergeant for the USMC, was master of ceremonies for the nearly hour-long tribute which was sponsored by the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce.
The Thomson High School NJROTC Color Guard and members of the THS Bulldog Brigade Band helped welcome the 1/214 Field Artillery Bravo Battery to the field. The battery is part of a four-battery Granite Battalion that will report to Afghanistan from the spring of 2013 to the spring of 2014.

To read more on this story, see the Wed., Feb. 13, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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