Eight Clydesdales, exotic animals from SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, a mobile television studio and thousands of everyday citizens will join together to send messages of pride and appreciation from Maryland to our nation’s troops as part of Anheuser-Busch’s “Here’s to the Heroes Tour 2005.” The tour will visit Leonardtown Nov. 10-12.

The Clydesdales will walk in the annual Veterans’ Day Parade on Nov. 11 in downtown Leonardtown. The Parade to salute our Veterans begins at 10 a.m.. Following the parade, a memorial ceremony with laying of wreaths will be held.

The exhibit and Budweiser Clydesdales will also be stationed at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds and will be open daily for stable viewing by the public as follows:

Thursday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 11 – after the Parade until 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon.

Also on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., they will march down Mervell Dean Roadfrom the Dean Lumber warehouse to the Early Bird.

On Sunday, Nov. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Clydesdales will be hitched and on display at the Navy Exchange on the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

In the event of rain, all Clydesdale events, except stable viewing, will be cancelled.

Anheuser-Busch’s “Here’s to the Heroes Tour 2005” interactive exhibit features a mobile recording studio which traveled the nation this summer collecting personal messages of support for the U.S. troops overseas. The messages are being played on American Forces Radio and Television Service on U.S. bases in more than 177 countries. The exhibit also chronicles Anheuser-Busch’s 150-year commitment to the military.

The initial “Here’s to the Heroes Tour” traveled more than 17,600 miles and collected messages from more than 10,000 Americans. Due to overwhelming public response, the Heroes Tour has been extended to include seven more cities for a total of more than 30,000 miles.

Visitors to the exhibit age 21 and over who recorded a message were entered into a drawing to receive a Clydesdales visit to their hometown or location of their choice. The two sweepstakes winners were randomly selected in July. Winner Julie Trask of Lexington Park chose to invite the Clydesdales to walk in the Leonardtown Veterans’ Day Parade, while winner Olga Spurgeon of Universal City, Texas chose to host a special ceremony in honor her father, Porfirio Quesada, a 21-year Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

”We hope this salute serves as a small token of our heartfelt appreciation to our nation’s military for all the sacrifices they and their families make on a daily basis,” said August Busch IV, president, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. “It’s important for our military to know they have our nation’s support. They fight for the freedom we enjoy every day, and we should never take that freedom or our American way of life for granted. All of us at Anheuser-Busch are proud our company has consistently supported our U.S. troops for more than 150 years. Programs like the ‘Here’s to the Heroes Tour’ serve as a fitting extension of those efforts.”

Visitors will be filmed individually in a 10-foot by 10-foot recording studio for their own 10- to 30-second greetings to the troops and can select one of three background images for their messages. The messages are then played on American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) at U.S. military outposts in more than 177 countries worldwide and on the Pentagon Channel which reaches 150 military bases in the United States. Select videos also appear on Budweiser.com.

”Budweiser has been overwhelmed with the emotional response we’ve received from the public and from U.S. troop