Richmond National Guard armory to close

RICHMOND, VA. (AP) - Virginia National Guard is marking the official closure of the Richmond and Roanoke armories with two ceremonies.

The Guard says officials will conduct closing ceremonies this weekend for the two armories.

The decision to close the Richmond armory was part of Gov. Tim Kaine's 2010 budget reduction plan.

The Roanoke armory is being torn down as part of a city parks and recreation plan.

Officials say closing both facilities will save about $115,000 in 2010.

About 375 soldiers currently stationed at the Richmond facility will be relocated to other installations across the state.

About 275 soldiers from the Roanoke facility also will be relocated.

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