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Searcy, AR - Yalanda Young Reports

National Guard Troops Honored by Freedom Salute

August 6, 2005 - Posted at 7:45 p.m. CDT

Searcy, AR-- Hundreds of Troops were in Searcy today to be honored in a ceremony known as Freedom Salute.

Congressman Marion Berry and State Representative Dustin McDaniel were guests of the ceremony and were there to show their support.

Belinda Laforce, Mayor of Searcy, said America owes a great deal to our troops for their service.

"They are brave, couragous, and they put their life on the line for us."

Families of the troops were also honored during a special pinning ceremony to thank them for their love and support.

Ryan Rogers of Romance said the only way his family made it was through prayer.

"Everyone is praying and keeping the faith. All of our churches got together and just prayed for all of them."

The ceremony honored troops from units in Augusta, Batesville, Newport, Searcy, and Walnut Ridge. 

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