39th To Get Pre-Holiday Send-Off Today in Rector

RECTOR, AR - Rector will be the site of a reception, rally and parade this afternoon and evening for the many northeast Arkansas-based soldiers of the 39th Infantry Brigade, which will deploy next month to Iraq.

The event will begin with an open house this afternoon at 4:30 at the National Guard Armory in Rector.  A rally and parade will follow around 6:30 p.m.  Approximately 100 soldiers with the 39th are expected to be on hand for the event.

The National Guard armories at Rector and Walnut Ridge are home to the 39th's Company A, 2nd Battalion, 153rd Infantry.  Many of those soldiers live in the Rector and Marmaduke area.