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June 10, 2006

Douglas --

Douglas Mayor Tony Paulk proclaimed today "48th Brigade Day" in that city.

Families and community members who wanted to welcome home our troops came out to the National Guard Armory to celebrate.

The community is thankful for our service men and women.

A handshake and a thank you can mean a lot more to our troops than some may think.

"It's a tremendous feeling of homecoming and a great feeling," said General Terry Nesbitt.

That's why Douglas man Oscar Street came to 48th Brigade Family Day at the Armory. He wanted to show his appreciation for our troops by thanking them in person.

"I'm almost 60 years old, and I think about these guys going over and representing our country, and I'm too old. I can't go and represent our country. I can't fight for myself. So I come today because I want to say thank you," said Douglas resident Oscar Street.

It's an appreciation shared by many in Douglas who fully support our troops. It gives soldiers like Scott Gilje another reason to smile as he enjoys Family Day with newlywed wife Melissa.

"It feels great, beats going in the sand and running missions. Actually being able to relax and sit down with her, and actually be a couple," said newlyweds Scott and Melissa Gilje.

Oscar Street's hat shows his support as he greets the men of the 848th Engineering Batallion, thanking them for the freedom he has.

"We can make many many choices in this country that other people can't make in other countries. I think that many of our American people are beginning to understand how important it that we are afforded the opportunities in this country we are afforded," said Street.

Those who came to Family Day are thankful for the time to enjoy with the very men and women who fight to keep America free.

Today's celebration started with the naming of "Hero's Bridge," which is dedicated to the troops. It also included a parade, meet and greet, and wrapped up with a banquet for the families.

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