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Send-off for Marshall Guard members is Saturday

A community send-off event for the Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard, 151st A Battery, will be at 10 am Saturday in the PE gym at Southwest Minnesota State University

The 151st A Battery has a unit based in Marshall About 128 Soldiers from the Marshall unit are expected to be deployed this month

"If we can get the community out there to show their support and that they're there for the (Soldiers') families, that's important," said Carmen Brunsvold of the Family Assistance Center in Marshall

The doors of the PE gym will open at 9:15 Saturday morning Members of the public can enter the PE building through the SMSU Student Center main entrance, Brunsvold said Attendees are encouraged to wear red as a show of support

Several guest speakers are planned for the event, Brunsvold said, as well as appearances by members of the Minnesota Patriot Guard and musical performances by the Marshall High School band and Emily Weidauer

Organizers are expecting a large turnout, and Brunsvold said support for local Soldiers has always been strong in Marshall and surrounding communities

Read more at MarshallIndependentcom

April 2, 2009: "Battalion Prepares to Deploy," Minnesota National Guard

1st Battalion, 151st Field Artillery



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