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Supporting the troops: Cedar High School adopts the Triple Deuce
Cedar students pledge to send the troops letters, care packages

By ELIZABETH MILLER
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Cedar High School Student Body President Kathryn Lewis, middle, and another student body officer present a Cedar High flag to Lt. Col. Richard Miller of the 222nd. The high school adopted the unit Wednesday in a ceremony at the armory. The advance party of the Triple Deuce leaves today for Mississippi.

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Members of the Triple Deuce enjoy some family time after a ceremony Wednesday when Cedar High School adopted the unit. The ceremony included music from CHS's band and madrigal choir, presentation of a CHS flag for the unit to take with it and brief speeches by Lt. Col. Richard Miller, CHS Student Body President Kathryn Lewis and Principal Kevin Garrett.

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Cedar High School Madrigals sing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" during a ceremony Wednesday when CHS adopted the Triple Deuce. Michael Allen, left, is a member of the unit but will not be deployed because he is still in high school.

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Members of the Triple Deuce stand in formation during a ceremony Wednesday when Cedar High School adopted the unit. Lt. Col. Richard Miller said the unit is honored to be a part of the school and is proud to serve its country.


CEDAR CITY -- With less than 24 hours before the advance party of the Utah National Guard's 222nd Field Artillery Battalion was to leave for Mississippi, Cedar High School had a ceremony at the Utah National Guard Armory to officially adopt the battalion.

The soldiers present were instructed to "fall in," the color guard presented the flag, and Cedar High School's band played the national anthem.

"The Triple Deuce has a long history of sacrifice to our country," Cedar High School Student Body President Kathryn Lewis said. "Today the students and faculty pledge our support as they honor their history."

Lewis said they will send newspapers, letters and care packages to show support to the troops.

"When we see our flag, sing our anthem and say the pledge of allegiance, let us reflect on the great sacrifice these people are making for our country," she said with a quivering voice.

Student government leaders from CHS then presented the unit with an adoption certificate and an official CHS flag to accompany them on their travels.

As Lt. Col. Richard Miller expressed his gratitude for the adoption, he shared two reasons why the 222nd is going to fight in the war.

"First, we're going because we've been asked," he said. "The second reason is the most important. We're going to provide the freedoms that we have here. It's pretty simple to us army guys here why we're going."

Miller said if they remember why they are going to fight in Iraq, the politics of the war won't affect them.

With emotions were close to the surface, Cedar City Mayor Gerald Sherratt said Cedar City supports the Triple Deuce and their families.

"It's an emotional time for the city, to send so many in harm's way," he said. "We have great empathy for the families and I hope that as a community we can look after the soldiers and their families and make sure they are taken care of."

There are 53 people in the advance party, the leadership of the battalion. They leave today at 11 a.m. from Cedar City Airport. The remaining 442 soldiers will leave Jan. 24.

Miller said they will be in Mississippi for four months, then in California for one month for validation training. The soldiers will then have a few weeks to be home in July before heading to Iraq for a one-year assignment.

Sherratt said when the troops return in the summer there will be a festive community send off, with the approval of the National Guard, as is required.

"It will be major," he said. "We're in negotiations with the National Guard right now."
 

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That's really great. A big difference in schools, people, and attitudes in small towns like that vs. big cities like LA, NY City, and such. :thumbup1:
 

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Yup and we are still the "Redmen"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even have a water tank west of town that has the redmen on it with the pic and all.
 

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Gee, don't US troops carry guns? Doesn't this violate the school's zero-tolerance policy on violence?
 

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Gee, don't US troops carry guns? Doesn't this violate the school's zero-tolerance policy on violence?
Yeah, and they sang "The Lord Bless You and Keep You." They should be arrested for sure.
 
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