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ENTERTAINERS TO PLAY FOR THE TROOPS

Singers Clint Black and Taylor Dayne and former MTV personality "Downtown" Julie Brown are headed overseas to entertain troops deployed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The Citizen Patriot Tour was organized by Janet Langhart Cohen, a former Boston television personality and wife of former Secretary of Defense William Cohen.

"We want to laugh; we want to get cheered up and just feel real good about the homeland defense and the armed forces. We're just armed with our patriotism and our talent and our support," Langhart Cohen said.

Former "Saturday Night Live" writer Al Franken is joining the tour, as are some New England Patriots cheerleaders and Lt. Lorenzo Thrower, a Virginia firefighter from Fairfax County's search and rescue team who responded to the Pentagon attack.

For security reasons, the military bases they're visiting were not disclosed.

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