By LINDA MESSMER
Patriotic citizens and loving family and friends turned out in 21-degree cold, windy temperatures to say good-bye to the National Guard 38th MSB Company B, Friday afternoon.
Proud family members stood in the frigid temperature waving American flags to the very last moment, showing their support for the troops. They watched the soldiers, their husbands and wives, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, load gear then board the buses and trucks.
Escorted by police cars and a fire truck, the first military vehicle pulled away from the armory and onto S.R. 59 at 2 p.m. The 38th MSB Company B was on their way to Camp Atterbury with final destination and duration unknown.
Throughout Brazil, support for the troops was evident as the convoy traveled east on U.S. 40 on their way out of town. Horns honked, patriots waved and employees came out of stores to say good-bye all along the route until the convoy could no longer be seen.
A sadness seemed to settle in as shivering people returned to work or to their cars. But the pride was still there and not just in the citizens and families.
It was evident from their posture, their tone and their comments leading up to departure that the men and women of the 38th MSB Company B take their jobs seriously and are proud to be serving with the United States of America.