held for local Guard Unit
Headed for Iraq this Fall
& Photo: Courtesy of the Taylorsville Times
August 3, 2005
members of the North Carolina National Guard 505th Engineering Battalion
will be leaving this autumn for Iraq, following training stateside
in the coming weeks.
County members of the National
Guards 505th Engineering Battalion
show support for the local Guardsmen, family and friends of the 505th
Engineering Battalion threw an Appreciation Cookout on Sunday, July
31, at the National Guard Armory in Taylorsville. Guests were members
of the 505th Guard unit, their families, friends, and local citizens.
at the event included Taylorsville Mayor Guy Barriger, Alexander
County Commissioners William Hammer and Darrell Robertson, Taylorsville
Councilman Bob Phillips, as well as featured speaker Capt. Mark S.
McMahan of the N.C. National Guard. Music during the luncheon was
provided by the Solid Edge Band.
meal consisted of hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixings,
baked beans, and sweet tea, followed by several types of desserts.
prizes for Guard Members were distributed during dessert, and included
items such as furniture, pillows, restaurant gift certificates,
local department store gift certificates, and other useful items
furnished by local businesses.
smiles and thoughtful glances passed over the faces of those in
attendance as they dined with their friends and loved ones, sharing
good food and laughter during this special but somber occasion.