AUBURN, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The community of Auburn welcomed home several soldiers Thursday night, just in time for the Holidays.
Several soldiers got a big welcome home Thursday night as a police escort led them from the World War II Memorial Museum to the American Legion in Auburn.
There, family and friends waited with signs, and the Indiana Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) and American Legion Riders (ALR) greeted them with a line of waving American flags.
“The ALR and PGR quite often get together and welcome these guys home. We think it’s important to involve the communities and let everyone know that these guys are over there fighting for our freedoms,” said PGR Senior Captain Russ Bauer, who’s also a member of ALR.
The soldiers have been serving in Afghanistan for nine months and haven't been home in over a year. Bryan Schoof says the welcome was a nice surprise.
“I didn't think it would be this big. I'm glad they did it for me and all my battle buddies. We've just been through a lot and it's just nice to have this to end it all,” he said.
Schoof’s been in the Army for two years and says he wasn’t present when his daughter was born. He watched her birth over Skype, and it’s the first time he's held his daughter since she's been born.
“It feels good to be home finally and hold my daughter. I got to hold her on my leave, but being able to actually stay home and hold her and take care of her is nice,” he said.
Right now, Schoof says he’s home for good—that’s until they get deployed again. “It all depends on how the world goes,” he said.
In the meantime Schoof plans on, “sleeping and just relaxing…hang out with family and friends, and keep the boys away from her,” he said with a grin.
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