A sendoff ceremony has been planned for area soldiers heading to Iraq in 2009.
According to 138th Quartermaster Support Company Commander, Capt. Laura Pratt, approximately 150 area National Guard soldiers will be leaving Jan. 2, 2009, for Iraq.
"It's essentially a departure ceremony," Capt. Pratt told The Brazil Times.
The ceremony will take place Jan. 2, 2009, at North Clay Middle School, and is expected to start at 11 a.m.
Several events are set to take place at the send-off ceremony.
Those who plan to attend will have the opportunity to hear Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Kevin Vedder, Commander of the 519th CSSB, along with 1st Sgt. William Neil Stough.
Brazil City Mayor Ann Bradshaw is also expected to speak.
Capt. Pratt said the Northview High School band will perform at the event.
She said the soldiers are expected to be in Iraq for one year.
"They'll be going to do a logistics mission," Capt. Pratt said. "They'll be providing support to units in our area."
She added she is pleased the community will be involved in the ceremony.
"We're ecstatic," she said. "The people of Brazil are like magic. We're just so grateful to be able to spend time with them."
What: Area Troop Sendoff Ceremony
Where: North Clay Middle School
When: 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 2, 2009