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Minnesota National Guard
Bemidji welcomes home Able Company

BEMIDJI, MN,- Prior to their arrival, many local citizens decorated the streets with flags, welcome home signs and also lined the streets to show their support for the veterans, who had been in combat for approximately 16 months

The Soldiers arrived in high style, with escorts from police, firefighters and local motorcycle riders After walking through a passageway lined with flags and cheering citizens, and feeling famous with all the attention, the group made their way into the hall where they were officially welcomed home
Governor Tim Pawlenty, Mayor Richard Lehmann, Maj. Gen. Rick Erlandson and other distinguished visitors joined the community to welcome the unit back in a ceremony at Memorial Hall, Bemidji State University

"We are so proud of the Soldiers, and are very thankful for all that they do," said Donna Dahl while waiting for them to arrive

"Things like this, this ceremony and the support of our community are some reasons we do this," said Capt Adam Gilbertson, commanding officer, Co A, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry "We want to thank you, the city of Bemidji, for your outstanding support"

The ceremony started out with a brief list of the unit's many accomplishments

"These Soldiers set the standard for the entire Army," said Maj. Gen. Erlandson "The disciplined approach, courage and self-sacrifice set the standard for all [Brigade Combat Teams] who follow Their approach to their individual missions caught the attention of the nation"

Maj Gen Erlandson further explained that he constantly received correspondence from commanders in Iraq on their exemplarily performance

"You inspired us because of what you have done," said Governor Pawlenty "We are deeply grateful for what you have done You gave the people of Iraq something better "¦ a chance to pursue a better life The burden was heavy, and you answered the call, not only for the Soldiers, but for their family members as well"

August 25, 2007
Sgt Daryl G Sanford

Aug. 27, 2-136 Infantry Battalion returns to Bemidji photo gallery

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Posted: 2018-08-27  12:34 PM
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Posted: 2018-06-13  01:38 PM
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