This was pretty cool, especially if you're in the band at Forest Grove High School.
Today at the demobilization ceremony for the Oregon Army National Guard's 2-218 Field Artillery, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Forest Grove, the Oregon Army National Guard's 234 Army Band joined forces with the Forest Grove High School Band, to play several patriotic songs and even the Army Song at the end of the event!
Soldiers of the 2-218 FA arrived back in the Northwest along with almost 3,000 other Oregonians, after spending 10 months deployed to Iraq. The even was attended by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, the Adjutant General, the mayor of Forest Grove, the principal of Forest Grove High School, and several other representatives of city, local, and state government and businesses.
Our special thanks go out to the City of Forest Grove, the Forest Grove High School, and especially to the members of the Forest High School Band, for helping make today's event a success.
Thanks also to Rogue Brewery, for the commemorative label beer, "Sunset Stout", which was distributed free of charge to every Soldier of the 41 IBCT.
To see more pictures from the event, visit our official Flickr page, located here.
Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon National Guard Social Media Manager