Our soldiers are back and the Brainerd Family Readiness Group wants to thank you for the wonderful expression of love, support and thank-you's the soldiers' received.
From the beginning, with the police and fire truck escort, and all the people willing to line up on the street in the cold just to welcome them home, the community support was remarkable. Thank you Brainerd Sertoma Club for all the flags. What a sight for our soldiers to see driving in on the bus.
As the soldiers reached the Brainerd High School gym about 1,000 people were there to say "Welcome home soldiers, and thank you for your service to your country."
I want to thank all the community for your support this day, but also for your support all through the deployment. This community was always willing to step up whenever they heard a need.
Thanks to Minnesota T's for making the soldiers a welcome home T-shirt and welcome hankie for a keepsake.
Thanks to the radio stations and the Brainerd Dispatch for helping us keep everyone informed.
I want to thank Steve Razidlo and the high school band for working with us without much notice of time or day. The Heritage Assembly of God Choir, who saw the soldiers off on the day they left for Fort Dix and being there to help us welcome them back home.
Thanks to the Blue Star Mothers for taking care of all the refreshments for the homecoming. And thanks to the businesses for putting up signs around town.
But most of all I want to thank the people for taking the time to come out and line the street and fill the gym so your support could be seen. It was awesome. The Brainerd community gave the soldiers a day to remember.
Thank you from all of the families. Let us continue now to support the area soldiers who are just getting ready to deploy to Iraq this spring. The new contact person for the Family Readiness Group is Tressie Schneider and she may be contacted at email@example.com.
PAM BIERMAIER, a resident of rural Brainerd, was a coordinator for the Brainerd Family Readiness Group.
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