Potluck welcomes soldiers home

November 19, 2005

A group of Hood River County residents are throwing a party to welcome home soldiers who have served in Iraq – and you are invited.

Grant and Sandra Porter have helped organize the event which begins at 5 p.m. on Nov. 26 at the Wy’east Middle School Community Building in Odell. They urge residents throughout the county to bring their favorite dish to share at a community potluck, and enjoy visiting with neighbors and friends until 8 p.m. when DJ Kenn Green turns on the dancing music.

“This is one way that we can all say ‘thank you’ to the men and women who have served their country in Iraq,” said Sandra.

Thirty seven soldiers from the local Oregon National Guard Armory have deployed to Iraq since 2005. Twenty-two of these individuals returned home last April and 15 will be back next spring.

The men currently on active duty are on patrol to seek out roadside bombs and insurgent activity.

They are also protecting Iraqi citizens and coalition forces from terrorist activity.

Staff Sgt. Genaro Chacon said the Guard has been largely responsible for securing communities during the national election held in Iraq earlier this year.

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