Ceremony to honor local soldiers and families Sunday

Ceremony to honor local soldiers and families Sunday

November 12th, 2010 by Todd South in Local - Breaking News

Cleveland military police unit will be honored with "Freedom Salute" this Sunday.

More than 170 soldiers of the Cleveland, Tenn.-based Tennessee Army National Guard 252nd Military Police Company will be honored in a military ceremony Sunday at Westwood Baptist Church, according to a Guard release.

The company deployed to Iraq from July 2009 through July 2010. The unit's headquarters is in Cleveland with a detachment in Louisville.

Brig. Gen. Ike Osborne, the assistant Adjutant General-Army, will address the soldiers. Each soldier will receive an encased American flag, a ceremonial coin, medallion and lapel pin to commemorate their service.

The ceremony will also honor individuals, organizations and businesses who went "above and beyond" supporting the unit and families during the deployment.

The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. at Cleveland's Westwood Baptist Church on 401 Georgetown Road.