Supporters send off Iraq-bound unit

n Corinth’s Company D deploys on May 1 for a year-long tour.
By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – Family members of Company D marched behind their troops wearing familiar red “Support Our Troops” T-shirts, in a sendoff parade Friday in Corinth.
The soldiers are being activated effective May 1 for a year-long tour of duty in Iraq.
Paced by the Biggersville High School Band, the soldiers of the 106th Brigade Support Battalion were joined by veterans of the American Legion, motorcyclists of the American Legion Riders and Patriot Guard Riders, members of the U.S. Marine Corps, and the Farmington and Corinth fire and police departments.
Supporters lined Fillmore Street along Corinth’s traditional parade route, with the parade ending on the grounds of the Alcorn County Courthouse.
“These citizen soldiers are directly connected to their communities,” said Col. John Rhodes, deputy brigade commander for the 155th Brigade Combat Team, of which Company D is a part. “We greatly appreciate the hometown community, the city of Corinth and all the sponsors and others for this event.”
Rhodes thanked the soldiers and their families for their sacrifice and service to the country.
“People ask what they can do to support us, and the best support is your prayers,” Rhodes said. “Letters are uplifting and keep us in touch with the community, but the most important support you can give us is supporting our families. We appreciate any attention and focus you can give to helping them.”
Corinth has a Family Support Group that meets regularly at 11 a.m. on second Saturdays at Corinth’s National Guard Armory.
The group plans a “Womanless Beauty Review” fundraiser, featuring soldiers of Company D to be held on April 7.
Tickets will be $5, but all the details aren’t worked out yet, said support group spokeswoman Ashley Reed, whose husband, 1st Lt. Kacey Reed, is Corinth Armory’s commander.
“We welcome anyone who wants to be a part and anything people want to do,” Ashley Reed said. “We’ll be sending care packages regularly, so donations of toiletries, calling cards, other supplies are helpful.”
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

Lena Mitchell