October 17, 2007 Edition

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Salute to Military is success



Major Michael Henderson (second, from right) visits with his father, Elden (left); his sister, Tresa Keough; and Gevin Murphy, a pharmacist in Imboden, during the Welcome Home 875th - Salute to the Military held at the Imboden City Park last Saturday. Henderson is a member of the 875th Engineering Battalion. His mother, Judy, coordinated the event
Over 500 people turned out last Saturday to show their support for members of the 875th Engineering Battalion and other veterans as families and supporters gathered at the Imboden City Park for a Salute to the Military.

Servicemen from all over Northeast Arkansas traveled to Imboden for a Welcome Home 875th celebration and Salute to the Military. They were honored for their service and provided with free food, drinks and live music. The Wagon Train Gang and Full Service both performed for the crowd. Citizens Bank of Imboden provided hamburgers and Pig-N-Out BBQ served hot dogs.

The event was coordinated by Judy Henderson, whose son, Major Michael Henderson, is a member of the 875th.

"I was so pleased with the success of Saturday's event," she said. "Someone told me that looking around the park all they could think was how much it reminded them of Mayberry. I told her that meant the day was perfect."

Henderson added that, in part, this is the reason she coordinated the event.

"These guys go to places like [Iraq] and fight so we can do things like this. That's freedom."

Steve Huddleston gave prayer before the festivities began. While the National Anthem played, Jerry Bice of the mounted patrol carried an American Flag belonging to Charles Poteete, who is a WWII veteran, as members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts followed on foot.

Those arriving at the event were welcomed by a large sign in the fence that read

"Welcome Home 875th." Members of Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds Making a Difference made the sign early Saturday morning.

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