Exposition Finale to Pay Tribute to Alabama Soldiers

By: PRESS RELEASE: Governor Bob Riley's Office
By: PRESS RELEASE: Governor Bob Riley's Office

Montgomery- Alabama’s military will receive a salute during the closing ceremony of the Alabama Advantage Exposition 10:30 a.m. Friday at the state Capitol auditorium.

The week-long exposition featured exhibits from towns, cities and communities throughout Alabama. It is designed to draw retirees to Alabama and encourage Alabamians to take advantage of the many attractions the state has to offer.

In addition to the unveiling of the new “Alabama Advantage” magazine, the ceremony will pay tribute to Alabama soldiers and their families. Members of the Alabama National Guard’s 217th Military Police Co., currently in Fort Dix, N.J., along with members of Alabama’s congressional delegation, will appear by teleconference. The 217th is scheduled to be deployed to Iraq.

Doni Ingram, director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, said the military salute is appropriate for the occasion because the freedoms provided by their sacrifices enable citizens to make choices on where to retire or relocate. ADECA administers the Alabama Advantage program.

Maj. Gen. Abner Blalock, adjutant general of the Alabama National Guard, will also speak at the ceremony.

NOTE: The auditorium is accessible by the Union Street entrance to the Capitol.

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