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“Until We Meet Again” the heart of America pays their respect as the 1011th Quartermaster Company deploys to Afghanistan
mogaevent is a photographer and mom of four in Independence, Kansas. She wanted to document the gathering for several reasons: 'First, I have friends and acquaintances in this unit and other branches of the military. My friend's husband was deployed two years ago and I remember very vividly what she and their children went through during this time. Second, as a German, I will be forever grateful that american soldiers (with their allies) were willing to sacrifice (and many did) their lives, so I could grow up in a free Germany. Third, I feel strongly that great things are happening in small rural communities like ours, and those things are worth being noticed.'
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
Students from Eisenhower Elementary School (K-2) paid their respect with a touching presentation at the parking lot of the United States Army Reserve in Independence Kansas.
The students presented a routine with flags, and the troop was presented with a banner signed by all students and staff. Captain Gimbert told the children that he will take the banner to Afghanistan and that he will bring it back once they return.
Friday afternoon the local VFW Post 1186 provided a dinner for members of the unit and their families.
American Legion Post 139 invited the soldiers and their loved ones to breakfast before the Farewell ceremony on Saturday September 21st.
The Farewell Ceremony took place at the Civic Center.
To greet the unit and their families and friends Westar Energy displayed a Garrison Flag and members of the Independence Community College Baseball Team as well as the Independence Middle School Baseball team , the Legion Flag Riders and many members of our Community stood in a flag line along the building.
The Independence High School Concert Band opened the Ceremony with the National Anthem.
After remarks from local officials and Lieutenant Colonel James Porter, Captain Richard Gimbert and Brigadier General Kenneth Jones the KAY Club presented a banner signed by students and staff from the HIgh School.
The Army Song was sung by the 1011th and after the Benediction from Chaplain LT Daniel Leiter the Colors were retired and the dismissal was accompanied by the final performance from the IHS Concert Band playing the Freedom's Song by James Curnow.
During the following reception with refreshments provided by the VFW post 1186 the soldiers had the opportunity to pick up ‘goody bags filled with treats and necessities and have their picture taken.
Sunday morning the Unit gathered at 03.30 hrs to leave Independence.
A Convoy of 3 busses and many vehicles with family member was greeted as they were passing at approx. 04.30 hrs by the Independence KS City Fire and EMS Department, Montgomery County Rural Fire Dept as well as Legion Riders and civilians.
Ladder 1 displayed a 10 X 19 post flag.