A send-off was held Saturday for Iowa National Guard soldiers who are leaving for training and deployment overseas.
One hundred thirty soldiers participated in a private ceremony in Dubuque before saying goodbye to their families and heading out of town on Highway 20. The soldiers’ three charter buses were escorted by area law enforcement and dozens of motorcycles – including members of the Manchester Legion Riders – as they made their way past Dyersville, Earlville and Manchester on their way to Des Moines. Along the way, onlookers wished them well, standing on overpasses and along roads waving flags and holding signs.
You can find a video of their procession past Dyersville on our KMCH Facebook page.
Wunn says a total of 500 soldiers with the 133rd in eastern Iowa are deploying for Operation Spartan Shield in the Middle East. About 350 other soldiers from the 113th Cavalry, based in Le Mars and Johnston, are also leaving for tours of duty that will last about one year.
photos courtesy of Earlville Community Club