Bring your American flags and wave them proudly as Indiana National Guard members prepare to depart for Iraq on Wednesday, July 19.
Approximately 25 members of Company B, 38th Main Support Battalion of the Indiana National Guard in Brazil will unite with 30 guardsmen from other parts of the state in preparation to leave for Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg, Miss., for a 60-day training venture before their year-long tour of duty in Iraq.
The American Legion Post 2 will be treating the citizen soldiers to lunch at the armory.
From noon to 5:30 p.m. a banner will be available at the armory for community members to sign. The banner will be presented to the service members before their departure.
Members of the public wanting to see the guardsmen off and wish them a safe return should attend a ceremony to honor the service members at the Brazil National Guard Armory on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Parking for the ceremony is limited, so plan on parking at the Clay Youth League parking lot near the armory.
The ceremony will be held outdoors in the front lawn of the armory. Bring your lawn chairs, because seating is limited. If the weather is a problem, it will be moved indoors.
Guest speakers are being planned for the hour-long ceremony and city dignitaries will be in attendance.
After the ceremony, the guardsmen will board a bus to Camp Shelby, 700 miles from here.
On the way to I-70, down S.R. 59, the New American Legion Riders will escort the service members out of town and community members wanting to wave to the bus on its way to I-70 should line up down S.R. 59.