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Minnesota National Guard
Two Communities Bid Farewell to 114th Transportation Company

As the Soldiers of the 114th Transportation Company prepared for their deployment, they attended not one, but two deployment ceremonies in their honor The unit is based out of Duluth, but also has a detachment in Chisholm, so it was only fitting that there be two ceremonies

The first event took place at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Complex (DECC) in Duluth on June 14, 2009 Family and friends filled the room as the Soldiers marched in The Patriot Guard showed their support by surrounding the crowd with American flags

Governor Pawlenty also expressed his support by stating, "Part of the Soldiers' Creed is "˜I will never quit' and we will never quit these Soldiers"

The second event was held the following day in Chisholm, Minn Upon arriving at the Chisholm Armory, the Soldiers were marched through downtown to the high school where the deployment ceremony would take place Military cadence echoed through the crowds as they cheered and shouted words of support

The Hibbing City Band performed as everyone was seated The ceremony began and each member of the official party spoke carrying on the day's unofficial theme of community support

"You are serving your country as much as we are Thank you for serving," Brig Gen Joseph Kelly thanked friends and family

Col Patrick Dwyer urged, "Have faith! Have faith in your leaders Have faith in your Soldiers and have faith in God"

The ceremony was filled with tears A mother rushed her crying baby out of the auditorium, as a tissue was passed to the mother of a Soldier Although you could hear some tears, the community's faith rang louder

"These are the days for faith Our father always makes us strong in the hour of trial," Kelly read from his daily devotional

The mood lightened as everyone joined together for a community dinner at the armory

The 114th Transportation Company will be deploying to Afghanistan for a one-year deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom

by Sgt Dajon Schafer, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs
June 15, 2009

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