People In Harrisonburg Feed Out Of State National Guardsmen

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- At the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, hundreds and hundred of soldiers are making camp. But don't be alarmed, they're on their way to Fort Pickett for their annual training.

Soldier Adam Cotton is one of the 800 soldiers with the 110th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard, that's setting up camp here. He says this training is vital.

"Annual training is the culminating event for our training year," says Cotton, "It may be a deployment to a contingency operation like Afghanistan, it may be assistance to a serious winter storm, so we have to be ready for every event."

The people in Harrisonburg were ready for their arrival. Volunteers from the Boys Scouts and Mama Caboose helped feed the men and woman during their stay.

Boy Scout Isaiah Shutt says we have to support our soldiers since they do so much for us.

"It's very important because they help us out too and they serve our country so we can serve them back. Not really in an equal way, but we can help them," says Shutt.

Cotton says it's good to know that people far away from home care so much.

"I think it's great that they're showing support for folks that aren't even from their state, I'm very very happy to be here," says Cotton.

Cotton even says that he even plans to return to the valley when he is off duty.


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