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Minnesota National Guard
West Concord Thanking Service Members Past and Present (video)

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- With 2,700 Minnesota National Guard troops recently deployed to Kuwait, one local town decided to show their appreciation for their veterans

The Mayor of West Concord organized a Tribute to the Troops event

Air Force Master Sergeant Rebecca Smith says there's nothing like home for a service member

"I get to come home to my hometown see my friends have my family see me in uniform and it really brings home to me"

And for former Marine Corporal David Flicek, it's the constant reminders from his proud father

"I think it feels great," says Flicek "I've been out of this for a little while and the fact that i'm still being honored right now I just think it's awesome"

"I wanted to pay tribute to our military I don't think they get enough of that," says West Concord mayor Jeff McCool who came up with the idea for a tribute to the troops He says there's always time to thank the people that defend our freedom

"It helps with their morale," says McCool "It boosts their morale, it shows that we do care and that- I'm humbled that they are serving our country"

Among friends, family and neighbors, US Senator Amy Klobuchar and State Senator Dave Senjem came to West Concord to give their thanks Ten veterans from the town of fewer than one thousand received the city's praise as well as a key That includes active duty Sergeant Bill Krause who has exactly 30 years in the Army

"It was a surprise, a pleasant surprise and a nice one for that so I gratefully accepted it," says Krause
But the thank yous mean even more coming from the people of their hometown

"I just think it's wonderful It just really makes you feel proud of all your accomplishments and everything we've done," says Smith

Also going on at the event were care packages being put together Those will be sent to active military overseas

Posted at: 07/22/2011 10:44 PM
By: Dietrich Nissen

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