Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services Honor Soldiers Who Were Deployed This Afternoon

November 26, 2018

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services honored soldiers who will be deployed to Afghanistan in late December today during an event that was held at the Canton National Guard Armory.

Eighty-three Canton based members of Bravo Troop of the 1-108th Calvary Squadron, which is based in Calhoun, enjoyed a meal with their families before leaving this afternoon at 1 o’clock for Fort Stewart near Savannah for a month of training. Flags were placed along the highway and several people stood and waved as the soldiers passed by today.

Cherokee County firefighters were on hand to give out firefighter helmets to the children and as the soldiers left the armory for the trip south, numerous firefighters staged with their equipment on each overpass on I-575 from Canton to the Cobb County line. A large flag was also hoisted between two ladder trucks for the motor coaches carrying the soldiers to go through.

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services give our thanks and offer our prayers to these brave men and women as they make their journey overseas. We also offer our prayers to the families of these soldiers, during this time of separation from their loved ones.

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A little one smiles at the event held today at the Canton National Guard Armory.
A little one smiles at the event held today at the Canton National Guard Armory. (click image for slideshow)
The soldiers and families gather for lunch at the Canton National Guard Armory.
The soldiers and families gather for lunch at the Canton National Guard Armory.
Soldiers share a laugh before their jouney.
Soldiers share a laugh before their jouney.
Spending a few moments with the little ones.
Spending a few moments with the little ones.
Saying goodbye is not always easy.
Saying goodbye is not always easy.
A mother and girlfriend have lunch with one of our finest.
A mother and girlfriend have lunch with one of our finest.
Sharing a smile with each other!
Sharing a smile with each other!
Enjoying a bar-b-que lunch together.
Enjoying a bar-b-que lunch together.
A soldier with an up and coming firefighter!
A soldier with an up and coming firefighter!
Getting those hugs in!
Getting those hugs in!
A little firefighter stands behind the
A little firefighter stands behind the "giant" of a man.
The cutest firefighter for the day!
The cutest firefighter for the day!
The soldiers are led out by local law enforcement personnel.
The soldiers are led out by local law enforcement personnel.
Flags line the Etowah River Bridge.
Flags line the Etowah River Bridge.
Two motor coaches carry the soldiers to their next destination.
Two motor coaches carry the soldiers to their next destination.
Cherokee County ladder trucks hold up an American flag for our brave men and women.
Cherokee County ladder trucks hold up an American flag for our brave men and women.
An American flag hangs between two ladder trucks!
An American flag hangs between two ladder trucks!
Firefighters were stationed at the overpasses to give the soldiers a send-off!
Firefighters were stationed at the overpasses to give the soldiers a send-off!