Selma shows pride, respect for troops

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 5, 2004

The streets of Selma were filled with young kids yesterday. In their hands they held American Flags and in their hearts they held respect for people, soldiers, most of whom they had never met.

Holding their hands were teachers, parents and other family members giving them the guidance and understanding of what was transpiring in the streets in front of them.

Alongside the children were family members of the soldiers. Tears rolled down many faces and hearts filled with pride as the troops rolled by.

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The purpose of this gathering was to send off some of Selma’s finest soldiers.

The 122nd Support Group from the Army National Guard loaded up in a bus and headed to training in preparation to go overseas for service in the war on Iraq.

The route they took was not a lonely one thanks to the many folks that lined the streets to wave their flags and show their love and support.

This could not have been possible without the help and organization of the City of Selma, Dallas County, the towns of Valley Grande and Orrville.

The leaders of each spent hours organizing this event to make sure that the soldiers left Dallas County with out a proper sendoff.

We need to remember though that this should not be considered a one time show of support as the rest of the unit will leave in November.

Upon their departure we should put the same effort forth then as what took place yesterday.

We also need to make sure that we continue to keep Selma’s soldiers and all those who are taking a stand for our country in our prayers.

Thanks Selma for once again showing a passion for our people.