Soldiers make return to SuperiorIt’s been almost a year since soldiers, friends and families gathered at Superior High School to say good-bye.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
It’s been almost a year since soldiers, friends and families gathered at Superior High School to say good-bye.
Now, the troops who spent the last year in Iraq are heading back to the high school for a welcome home after the year-long deployment overseas.
The 950th Clearance Co., which returned to Wisconsin on Friday night, is nearing the final leg of its journey home.
“Right now, the time is a little up in the air, but we expect them to start rolling into town in the 5 o’clock range,” between 4:30 and 5 p.m., said Jennifer Rich, a member of the Family Readiness Group and wife of one of the soldiers, Cosmo Rich. She said the soldiers will travel into town along East Second Street to Belknap Street before heading to Superior High School where a welcome home ceremony is expected to begin around 5:30 p.m.
More than 100 soldiers from the Superior and Spooner areas have been serving in Iraq since April with the 724th Engineer Battalion. The served as part of Operation New Dawn as combat troops left the nation and the remaining soldiers worked to help the transition to an Iraqi government and provide for their own security against extremists.
About 101 soldiers with the local unit are expected to return Thursday to a ceremony in the high school’s performing arts center.
“It would be nice for the soldiers to see some community support,” Rich said. “It would be nice to see people out and about, cheering them on.”