7/12/2007 10:01:00 AM Welcome home planned for soldiers returning from Iraq
Plans are underway to offer a brief, but well-deserved welcome home to each of the community's soldiers who are returning from Iraq.
However, not all local soldiers will be returning to Windom at the same time, which is going to require help from soldiers' families and awareness on the part of the community.
Cottonwood County Veterans Service Officer Todd Dibble explains.
"Families who are meeting their soldiers at Ft. McCoy have been instructed to call their designated point of contact in Windom when they are about an hour outside of town," Dibble says. "At that time a call will be put in to KDOM Radio and an announcement will be made for any citizens who wish to show their support to meet at Runnings on Highway 60.
"The plan is then for the Windom Fire Department to escort the soldier around the town square and to his home."
All area citizens are encouraged to pass this information along to their friends and families and to pass the word upon hearing the news of their arrival.
Dibble says that at this time it is difficult to predict what day and time a particular soldier might be returning. In fact, the first returning soldier may be arriving in the next few days.
Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to KDOM for further announcements on arriving soldiers.
A larger event is being planned to celebrate the soldiers' return, but will be held at a later date.
For more information on the planned return, contact Amanda Hunter at 831-1160, or Dibble at the Cottonwood County Veterans Service Office at 831-5522.