Ceremony held for Cuba-bound soldiers at Camp Smith

A send-off ceremony was held at Camp Smith Sunday afternoon for area members of the National Guard bound for Cuba.



Members of the 442nd Military Police Company came from across the Hudson Valley as they prepare to deploy to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.



Over 120 members of the National Guard sang "The Army Goes Rolling Along" to a crowd of family and friends at Camp Smith.



Josephine Peres, of Highland Mills, was at the ceremony to send off her grandson.



"I'm very, very proud. I have nine grandchildren and he's an outstanding one," says Peres.



Peres' grandson will be working alongside his fellow company members in assisting with law enforcement, detention operations and security at the base. 



The 442nd Military Police Company is full of seasoned soldiers. The unit served at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 



The soldiers will first head to Fort Hood in Texas for several weeks of pre-deployment training before traveling to Cuba.


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