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Photos: Patriotic send-off

 

Supporters, family and friends of local National Guard members gather alongside Highway 12 in Starkville to say their goodbyes to those leaving for deployment from the National Guard Armory Monday. Kennedi Jones, 6, watches as her father's bus drives by.

Supporters, family and friends of local National Guard members gather alongside Highway 12 in Starkville to say their goodbyes to those leaving for deployment from the National Guard Armory Monday. Kennedi Jones, 6, watches as her father's bus drives by. "I love my dad. I'm gonna write him lots of letters," she said. She is the daughter of Constance McFarland and Childon Jones of Aberdeen. Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

 

A charter bus carrying departing National Guard members from Columbus is given a police escort Monday.

A charter bus carrying departing National Guard members from Columbus is given a police escort Monday.
Photo by: Deanna Robinson/Dispatch Staff

 

Family and friends of local National Guard members gather along Highway 12 in Starkville to say their goodbyes to those leaving for deployment from the National Guard Armory Monday. The 2nd Battalion of the 114th Field Artillery of the Army National Guard will train for three months at Fort Bliss, Texas, and then will deploy to the Middle East for nine months.

Family and friends of local National Guard members gather along Highway 12 in Starkville to say their goodbyes to those leaving for deployment from the National Guard Armory Monday. The 2nd Battalion of the 114th Field Artillery of the Army National Guard will train for three months at Fort Bliss, Texas, and then will deploy to the Middle East for nine months.
Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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