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Reservists Honored for Service as Warriors

Reservists Honored for Service as Warriors

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(KSL News) -- More than 100 Utah reservists were honored today as warriors. Army Reserve soldiers from several battalions and companies, many recently home from Iraq and Afghanistan, received The Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen award.

Approved by Congress, the award recognizes the part-time soldiers, many who have served more than a year in war-torn countries.

Staff Sgt. Cody Simpson, with the 889 Quartermaster Company, said, "It's really nice to be honored, to have somebody come in and say, ‘Thank you for your service.'"

Soldiers walked across the stage to shake the hands of special guests Lt. Governor Gary Herbert and Congressman Chris Cannon. Honorees received special packages, including an American flag.

Sergeant First Class Douglas Stone of Taylorsville died earlier this year in Iraq. His wife today accepted a special award on his behalf.

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