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Indiana National Guard sendoff Saturday
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Fans of military panoply should mark Saturday on their calendars. That's when Fort Stewart will host a departure ceremony and family day for the 76th Brigade Combat Team of the Indiana National Guard, which is leaving for Iraq.
The departure will be marked by a full pass-in-review ceremony that the military traces to displays of military strength by rulers in the Middle Ages. Commanders will inspect the troops and the soldiers will then march past the commanders and guests.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate, will be among the guests.
The Indiana National Guard unit has been mobilizing for its Iraq deployment at Fort Stewart since January. The departure ceremony is on Cottrell Field. Family day activities will be on Donovan Field.  
More than 4,000 family members are on Fort Stewart and in the surrounding communities this week for the day's events.
Fort Stewart will close 6th Street from Bundy Avenue to Gulick Avenue during the ceremony. William H. Wilson Avenue will be open but kept clear for emergency vehicle use if needed. Buses will be available for family members to travel from Cottrell Field to Donovan Field.
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