There's really no way to properly thank our soldiers and their families, but this a great start!

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Tomorrow, (Sunday, April 14), the Montana Army National Guard will recognize 59 Soldiers and their families from Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 1-189, Taskforce Iron Horse, General Support Aviation Battalion stationed in Helena.

They are holding a Freedom Salute Ceremony, at Helena’s Great Northern Town Center Best Western conference center at 1:00 p.m.

Commanded by 1st Lieutenant Mark Thompson, the soldiers deployed for at total of 12 months with 9 of those months in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Bravo Company is a heavy lift aviation unit with CH-47 Chinook helicopters and ground support maintainers. Once in Afghanistan the unit split into two elements, one supporting the 25th Infantry Division at Kandahar Base, while the other supporting the 82nd Airborne at FOB Shank. Their missions included transportation of Special Operations teams, transportation of heavy cargo and maintenance support.

The Freedom Salute is designed to publicly acknowledge Montana Army National Guard Soldiers and those who supported during the President’s call to duty for recent military operations.

The Freedom Salute ceremony is a way to show appreciation for the service and sacrifice our Soldiers and their families make when they volunteer to deploy for long periods of time,” said Major Tim Crowe, Public Affairs Officer for the Montana National Guard.