Clydesdales and Messages to Soldiers Draw Hundreds

Clydesdales and Messages to Soldiers Draw Hundreds

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) -- The Budweiser Clydesdales and the chance to tape messages for the troops overseas drew hundreds of people to Hill Air Force Base.

Anheuser-Busch has been parading its horses in various parts of the United States since April, when one team started in New York and the other team started in San Francisco.

On Sunday, the "Here's to the Heroes Tour 2005" was at Hill Air Force Base for a military-only day.

Many people started showing up as early as 9 a.m., even though the horses did not appear until about 1 p.m.

Rich Peterson, president of Wasatch Distributing in Ogden, believes more than 5,000 people have attended the Clydesdales' three-day Utah visit, which started Friday in Salt Lake City.

A small, mobile television station has accompanied the tour since it started in San Francisco on April 22.

Families have been able to record messages to be broadcast on the Armed Forces Network.

"This is a great opportunity for folks who haven't had the opportunity to talk to their loved ones," said Kathy Pennington of Syracuse.

Pennington and John Reekie recorded a message, hoping maybe Reekie's son will see it broadcast.

Reekie's son has been serving in the Middle East as a satellite command specialist since December. His son is on his third tour of duty, being shipped twice to Afghanistan and now in Iraq.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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