National Guard Salute

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Hundreds of American soldiers have sacrificed their lives in order to serve our country overseas. Monday, two groups took time out of their schedules to honor those men and women.

Two events, but one goal: to honor the men and women of the Florida National Guard and Reserves serving overseas. The Association of the United States Army and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve both held events, and although both groups serve different purposes, their message is the same.

Congressman Allen Boyd says, "What we're doing here is really important work, especially for the families of those men and women serving over in Iraq."

It was a day not about politics, but everyone coming together to pay their respects to the dedication of the troops.

Tony Grippa, Leon County Commissioner, says, "It's every facet of the community coming out to support the men and women overseas, making sure their families are okay while they're protecting our lives."

Honoring those who serve our country is even more special for those who served before, and remembering the impact of the men and women from our area.

Willie Meggs, Florida State Attorney, says, "And if you remember back in the first Gulf War one of the first tanks into Kuwait City was out of the Marine reserve camp here in Tallahassee, so it's so personal for what we can do for our servicemen."

In the end all involved got their chance to say thank you by signing a banner being sent to soldiers, a simple show of appreciation to those who put their lives on the line. The statement of support banner will be the 15th such banner that the ESGR has sent overseas this year.