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Christmas Eve Road March honors troops, families

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(Photo: Courtesy New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs) (Photo: Courtesy New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs)

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Marchers take to the streets Monday during the 9th Annual Christmas Eve Road March which honors troops and their families.

New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the Queensbury Readiness Center joined dozens of military family members and hundreds of friends for the 3.2 mile march to express support for fellow Service members still serving in Afghanistan and locations around the world.

The march started at the Glens Falls Civic Center at 9 a.m. More than 500 marchers were expected to participate.

The 1st Christmas Road March was conducted in 2003 when Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's Company C, 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry, which was then based at the now-closed Glens Falls Armory, were away from home in Iraq over Christmas. Other Soldiers assigned to the armory, from the 466th Area Medical Company, got together to conduct a "road march," the military term for a walking movement, in their honor.

Since then the march has become a tradition to recognize the sacrifices being made by all American service men and women who are on-duty away from their families during the Christmas season.

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