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Soldiers with a local tie to the Tri-State
are honored on Tuesday night in Florence.
The city adopted the 2nd brigade combat team
out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky better known as The Renegades about a decade
ago. And they're headed overseas right after the holidays, but not before they
got a little star treatment.
"Everyone welcomes us with open arms.
They pretty much treat us like rock stars more or less," explains Eli Weichert.
"The people are definitely great,
there's a lot of support coming from the entire town," says David Smith.
Even some local girls scouts are showing
their support. A few weeks ago they wrote the soldiers some cards. On Tuesday, they had a chance to meet their heroes.
"I'm just amazed how grateful they are
for complete strangers just opening their arms giving so much and just barely
knowing us at all," adds Eli Weichert.
Tonight, Florence mayor Diane Whalen
presented the troops with a city flag. None of them are from Florence, but over
the last ten years Whalen says she tries to make sure they feel like this is a
"We send them off with care packages as
often as we can get them there and that's done with the donations from the kids
at the schools, the church groups, and just the regular citizens," explains Whalen.
"I've had plenty of groups that would
send care packages but I've never had an entire city," says Justin Higgason.
A few of the soldiers have been to Florence
before. In fact they visited this past Memorial Day and the city treated them
to a Reds game and something known as the Renegade Olympics.
"We just went down to the high school
and did some sporting events, did a basketball tournament. It was all a mix
between our company and the people of Florence," says Smith.
"I got to re-enlist behind home plate at
the Cincinnati Reds game that night before and it was a good time," explains Higgason.
Whalen says it's not just city hall but the
entire community that embraces this group.
"It's pretty incredible to me that
they've made this commitment to the United States recognizing that it takes
them away from family, it takes them away from friends but they truly believe
in what they're doing," says Whalen.
The unit says some of them will be able to
spend time with their families over the holidays, but they will be deployed for
Afghanistan sometime in February.
is the third time the Renegades have visited Florence. Mayor Whalen
says it often depends on how often the troops are deployed.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-07-23 12:10:49 GMT
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