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Freedom Salute Ceremony 

Hundreds of folks gathered at the Bangor High School Saturday to recognize members of the 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, of the Maine Army National Guard.As Meghan Hayward tells us, they are happy to be home and recognized for the sacrifices they have made.It was a celebration for the soldiers and their family members.The Freedom Salute ceremony recognized members of the 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, of the Maine Army National Guard.The 81 soldiers from that unit returned from a one year deployment in Afghanistan in January.” We’re really happy with the accomplishments we made in Kandahar. To be back on US soil on the first of the new year was a new beginning for a lot of soldiers.”Tracey and Ronald Ruhlin were overseas together.” Well we both come from a long line of military families who enjoy the comradery that we have with each other, with our fellow soldiers. Both our sets of families were proud of us when we enlisted.”Marcus Dunn is also proud.His mother diane dunn also belongs to the 286th CSSB.” It’s cool and I’m happy she is home.”Governor Baldacci was on hand at the ceremony, giving praise to the soldiers.” We stand united for our troops. We’re very much committed to them and we want to let them know that we’re there to support their families, we’re there in a pinch and we come together as a community to thank them for our freedoms and liberties.”The unit coordinated logistics in Southern Afghanistan to support combat operations against Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces.