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Feeding the Troops

Three Mena businesses gave the troops a big ‘thank you’ in the form of a BBQ dinner with all the trimmings.

Boyd Interiors, 71 Diesel, and Hampton Aviation traveled to the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment National Guard unit in Malvern and prepared a feast for the soldiers during a Change of Command ceremony. Rodney Lay of Mena was Company Commander for the unit. During the ceremony he was honored with the new position of Executive Training Officer. Other Mena natives in the unit include James Schnell and Reece Boyd.

Dean & Cindy Boyd, Frank & Nina Moore, Emily Schnell, and Larry Davis, began cooking ribs, brisket, baked beans, potato salad, and cobblers at about 5 a.m. that morning. Wanting no credit, the cooks want all to know that the troops were more than deserving and thankful and, that they intend to do it again.

This ‘thank you’ was the beginning of an idea to serve Polk County Veteran’s this fall. The trio plans to incorporate other businesses to help prepare, cook, and serve all veterans of the county, and their families, on Veteran’s Day, November 11.  Keep watching in The Pulse for details about this upcoming event.



  1. What a nice thing to do!

  2. That is fantastic!

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