Poughkeepsie... “Hugs, kisses and other outpourings of affection to be showered upon our troops by friends, family and loved ones,” read the end of County Executive Steinhaus’ proclamation declaring August 31st, 2007 as “Welcome Home Troops Day” in Dutchess County. The proclamation was made today as the troops of the 727th Military Police Detachment New York Army National Guard returned home to Poughkeepsie from their deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
During a sendoff for the troops in June 2006, County Executive Steinhaus presented the unit a Dutchess County flag to fly over their base in Iraq. The flag flew over the Victory Base Complex in Baghdad, where the troops were stationed. At today’s ceremony, Lt. Colonel Richard Cote and Captain Robert Lange returned the flag to the County Executive.
“In my sixteen years serving as County Executive, this is truly the greatest honor I have experienced,” said Steinhaus as he was given the flag. “We are so proud of all of our troops. We cannot express enough our gratitude for your sacrifice and your service. It is an honor to be here today to welcome you home safe and sound.”
County Executive Steinhaus announced the flag returned to the County would fly over the County Office Building on Veteran’s Day in November and then would be permanently displayed in the County Office Building.