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Special parade and ceremony planned for local National Guard troops

Planning meeting
Earlier in the week, a group of community leaders met at the Tyrone Armory to firm up plans for the parade and ceremony scheduled for the local National Guard troops on September 24. Area veterans are asked to participate in the ceremony scheduled at Gray-Veterans Field, and everyone in the community is also strongly encouraged to show their support, either by watching the parade or by attending the ceremony. (The Daily Herald/Christina Pryor)

On Thursday, September 25 the local National Guard troops will be deployed for training and then to the Middle East.
Plans are being made for a special “sending off” on Wednesday, September 24.
At noon, a parade is planned to start at the Tyrone Armory and conclude at Gray-Veterans Field. Once at the field, a short ceremony will take place.
The 69 soldiers from Det. 1 Charlie Company 2-112th Infantry (STRYKER) will be marching in the parade and participating in the ceremony.
Their family members will also be in attendance.
The soldiers will depart from the Tyrone Armory at noon; parade line-up will begin at 11 a.m.
The parade will travel down Tenth Street, onto Pennsylvania Avenue, onto 14th Street and 15th Street, then onto Hamilton Avenue and end at Gray-Veterans Field.
The Tyrone American Legion, Tyrone VFW, Tyrone Area High School Marching Band and other area groups are already on board to be participants in the parade.
Once at the field, there will be a ceremony to honor the soldiers.
It should be noted that parade and ceremony organizers are asking all area veterans to join in for the ceremony at Gray-Veterans Field.
Veterans are asked to gather at the entrance to Gray Field off of Hamilton Avenue at noon, and someone will be there to direct them of what to do. The idea is for the veterans to form a column for the soldiers to walk through before entering onto the field.
Everyone in the community is also strongly encouraged to show their support, either by watching the parade or by attending the ceremony at the field.
Those attending the service at Gray-Veterans Field are asked to sit on the visitors side.
Once the ceremony begins, Mayor Jim Kilmartin is scheduled to speak, along with other local dignitaries.
Also participating in the ceremony will be the Tyrone Area High School Marching Band and Tyrone Area High School POPS Extension.
POPS Extension is scheduled to sing at the field at approximately 12:30 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for the entire community to honor the soldiers of the National Guard.
It is already anticipated that hundreds of family members and others will be attending the parade and ceremony, so it would be great if even more made plans to show their support.
After the parade and ceremony, a private luncheon will be held for the soldiers and their families at the Tyrone American Legion.