Saturday, 2:15 PM
A tearful farewell for soldiers in Taunton
(John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
He'll miss his dad. During the ceremony, Morgan Riddick, 3, of Woonsocket, R.I., son of Thomas Riddick, 30, leaned his head onto his father's leg.
By Globe Staff
About 180 soldiers from the Massachusetts Army National Guard gathered today on the Taunton Green to say a tearful farewell to friends and relatives before they headed off on a one-year deployment in which they will be posted to Iraq.
The 772nd Military Police Company left by bus after the ceremony for Fort Dix, N.J., where they will receive training for a month to three months before they are sent to Iraq, said Master Sergeant Pallas Wahl, a Massachusetts National Guard spokeswoman.
The soldiers, who include some who work as police officers in their civilian life, will be responsible for training, mentoring, and coaching Iraqi police, Wahl said.
To see a slideshow of photos from the event, click here.