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June 10, 2011

A Sweet Welcome Home

Soldiers from the Vermont Army National Guard’s 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain) were welcomed home with pints of Pure Vermont Maple Syrup, a Vermont Maple Cookbook, and thank you cards.

In its seventh year, Operation Maple Sweetness has provided a little taste of home to soldiers fighting oversees and this year welcomed soldiers back home. Vermonters all across the state have shown their support and gratitude for the devotion and sacrifices of our troops and their families by donating maple syrup, the Official Flavor of the Green Mountain State.

More than 700 members of the military received the packages during the Vermont State Family Yellow Ribbon gathering at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington and more than 400 families received packages at a similar Yellow Ribbon event at the Mt. Snow Resort Center.

"Mmmmmm- I love maple syrup," was a comment overheard more than once by volunteers distributing the gift bags. Pancakes were mentioned by some of the soldiers; ways to use their maple syrup and recipes from the cookbook were talked about by others.

“The delight and surprise of our soldiers was obvious when they were presented with pints of Maple Syrup at the recent Yellow Ribbon events,” commented 1SG Robert A. Bridges, State Family Yellow Ribbon Director.

This special welcome home was made possible by the Vermont Maple Sugarmakers’ Association, and other sponsors and friends, including the Vermont Maple Foundation, Butternut Mountain Farm, Hillside Plastics/Sugarhill Containers, and L. Brown and Sons, who contributed toward this occasion.

Plans are being made to send pints of maple syrup in the near future to Charlie Company 3/126 Air Ambulance Unit, currently deployed to Iraq. If you would like to make donation of syrup or cash for the cause, contact the maple Sugarmakers’ Association at http://www.vermontmaple.org/contact.php, or 802-763-7435.

Source: Agency of Agriculture
Last Updated at: June 10, 2011 08:59:08