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GOP to offer holiday meals to soldiers, families

RUTLAND - Rutland City Republicans will be hosting a special holiday dinner Dec. 15, 6-9 p.m. to honor Rutland County National Guard troops as they ready to deploy to the Middle East.

The dinner will be held at the American Legion Hall located at 33 Washington St. in Rutland.

Rutland area soldiers and their families will be guests of honor for the spaghetti dinner benefit. The general public is invited to attend with a $10 donation per person payable at the door. All proceeds from the benefit dinner support the Vermont National Guard Charitable Foundation, Inc. The National Guard Charitable Foundation funds assist Vermont Guard families with travel costs to bring troops home for the holidays.

Paula Lannon, one of organizers of the Rutland dinner, is pleased to have the opportunity to personally give thanks to Vermont soldiers and their families.

"Our Rutland area National Guard Troops and their families selflessly give of themselves so that we are able to enjoy our freedoms. Saying 'thank you' and showing our support for them with a delicious dinner is a small token of our appreciation. We also thank the American Legion Hall for the use of their building and staff," Lannon said.

For more information regarding this event, contact Lannon at 558-2328 or e-mail at schinoski@aol.com.

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