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347th PSD to be honored in Freedom Salute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Oct 17, 2008


The Minnesota Army National Guard is scheduled to hold a Freedom Salute ceremony and homecoming tribute for the 347th Personnel Services Detachment on Sunday, Oct  19 The ceremony will take place at the Rosetown American Legion Club at 700 County Road C West, Roseville, Minn

The Freedom Salute Campaign is one of the largest Army National Guard recognition endeavors in history, designed to publicly acknowledge Army National Guard Soldiers and those who supported them during the President's call to duty for Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom

During their 12-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, the 347th PSD provided briefings to 81,000 Service members arriving to and departing operational areas, maintained their records, produced 3,100 military identification cards, updated Soldiers' family information and tracked all incoming and outgoing Soldiers and civilians in operational areas 

As part of the event, the Soldiers of the unit will receive an encased flag, commemorative coin, "Defender of Freedom" lapel pin and "Defender of Freedom" certificate The Soldiers' spouses will also receive a lapel pin and the children of each Soldier will receive a future Soldier kit Additionally, a Freedom Medal and lapel pin recognizes individuals for their support of the Soldier during their extended absence  A Freedom Ring is presented to Soldiers for their second deployment and a commemorative clock to their spouse

Members of the media are invited to attend the Freedom Salute Ceremony for these Soldiers and their families The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1 pm

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org


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