BUFFALO, NY - Members of the 105th Military Police Company were honored at a ceremony Sunday for their time spent in Iraq.
One hundred and sixteen soldiers were called up during the Freedom Salute ceremony held at the Connecticut Street Armory. Each soldier was given a framed flag and other mementos to commemorate their time in combat in support of Operation New Dawn.
The group deployed to Iraq and March of 2011 and returned in November after 7 months. Many of their duties consisted of acting as personal security for higher ranking officers while speaking with Iraqi police and officials, protecting convoys, and helping the community.
Specialist Eric Gurewitch has decided to go back to school to become a nurse after his time in Iraq. He says he enjoyed being able to help other people. "It's definitely one of the greatest things I've ever done. Life changing for the good, for the better."