To the Editor:
On behalf of the men and women of the Lebanon 278th ACR, Tennessee Army National Guard, I would like to thank the citizens of Lebanon and Wilson County who made this Christmas special. Thank you to the individuals who made donations to help charter four buses to bring these soldiers home from Camp Shelby, Miss. on Dec. 22 and return on Dec. 28. Every donation was very much appreciated. It meant a lot to the soldiers and their families.
We would like to give a special thank you to CedarStone Bank, John Bryan and Bob McDonald, who went above and beyond in helping to receive donations. I would like to also thank the following individuals and organizations who helped very much receiving donations: Sue Vanatta and the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, Pete Norman and Uncle Pete’s Truck Stop, along with the Lebanon Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Organization, and the Lebanon Morning Rotary Club. Every donation helped make this Christmas homecoming possible.
We would also like to thank everyone who turned out on Dec. 28 for the sendoff for the soldiers going back to Camp Shelby. There was a very good crowd along Leeville Pike, Highway 231 South and on the Lebanon Square. The Lebanon Chamber did a great job in organizing this sendoff. Thank you to the Lebanon Fire Department for displaying the huge flag and David Hale for the patriotic music. I know this is something these soldiers will always remember.
Lebanon and Wilson County have always been big supporters of the National Guard and the hometown unit. Continue to remember the men and women of your local unit and their families as they prepare for deployment to Iraq in early February 2010 along with more than 3,000 soldiers of the 278th ACR. This is the largest deployment at one time of any Tennessee Army National Guard unit.
Remember these soldiers and their families in your prayers and thank you once again for making this a Christmas to remember.
Kenny Reich, 1st Sgt (retired)Rear Det AOLebanon
Editor’s Note: Kenny Reich also represents District 6 on the Wilson County Commission.
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