December 12, 2008

Loudoun County shows appreciation for Virginia National Guard

Loudon County Press Releases

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Soldiers expresses its appreciation for the Virginia National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry at its public input session Dec. 1 in Loudoun. (Courtesy photo)

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. — The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors presented a resolution of appreciation for the “Welcome Home National Guard” campaign spearheaded by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and Loudoun Cares at its public input session Monday, December 1.

The two organizations worked to engage the financial support of 120 Loudoun businesses and residents to show Loudoun’s appreciation of the service of the Virginia National Guard, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry, following the unit’s one-year deployment in Iraq. The effort resulted in more than $200,000 in cash and in-kind contributions, including donations of $25,000 or more from M.C. Dean, Tarara Winery and Telos. The funds were distributed to the 180 infantry members to help offset the financial strains of their deployment and facilitate the redeployment process as they return to their families.

“There can be no greater sacrifice than men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to serve and protect this great nation. This community honors this sacrifice and acknowledges the hardships involved,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Susan Buckley before reading the resolution.

“It’s been a wonderful experience and it was a labor of love,” said Loudoun Cares Executive Director Andy Johnston of the project.

In addition to representatives from the Chamber, Loudoun Cares, M.C. Dean, Tarara Winery, and Telos, several members of the National Guard attended the presentation and spoke of the impact the community support has had.

“I have 22 years in uniform, and I’ve worked with a lot of communities, and it’s truly unprecedented what these organizations have done,” explained Lt. Col. William Zana, Commander, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “The level of support is humbling to our soldiers and their families. Coming back to an unsure environment, both in terms of jobs and the economy … it’s made a huge impact. On behalf of all the members of the unit, we thank you.”

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