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County Fair Honors Vets

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  • By TSgt Brain Cox
  • 185th ARW
Moville, IA - The annual Woodbury County Iowa Fair, in Moville, Iowa, hosted Military Appreciation night August 5th, 2011 by holding a "Salute Our Troops Past and Present" event. Anyone who had served in the Armed Forces got in free of charge. The ceremony was kicked off with the Posting of the Colors by the 185th Air Refuel Wing Honor Guard. The 185th Air Refueling Wing Commander, Colonel Brian Miller, spoke at the event. Miller pointed out that though his recent six month deployment to Afghanistan was difficult, it didn't compare to sending his son off to war. Miller said "it is the families, and the support they give to their service men and women, who really deserve to be honored."

Miller' s point was brought home at a photo display of the 69 service men and women from Iowa who have made the ultimate sacrifice during the War on Terror. Fairgoers solemnly filed by the photos that listed the service members name and home town.

The ceremony also recognized current and past members of the armed forces. As each branch's respective song was played, veterans of that branch would stand and be recognized. Every member was met with applause from fellow Iowans who are grateful for their service.

After the ceremony, members of the 185th ARW stuck around to continue having fun. MSGT George Mendoza set up a football toss challenge which gave kids a chance to test their passing skills. Information was also made available on careers in the Iowa Air National Guard.