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Freedom Salute in Rockport 

132 Maine soldiers were honored Sunday for their service in Iraq.The members of Charlie Company, 126th Aviation Regiment and other Maine Army National Guard Service Members were the guests of honor at a Freedom Salute Ceremony Sunday at the Samoset resort in Rockport.Charlie Company deployed to Iraq for nine months.While there, they provided medevac coverage of more than 5,600 square miles.The aircraft crew members flew more than a thousand missions and transported in more than 700 Iraqi and coalition patients throughout Iraq and Kuwait. Unit Commander Major Brian Veneziano says it means a lot to be recognized for his service. “It also starts putting a closure to deployment. Within the next 2 months, all the events will be concluded from the deployment and we can start moving forward and put the deployment behind us.”The soldiers returned from Iraq in January, but the Guard likes to give them time to settle in with their families before giving them an official welcome home.