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|Families Prepare for Charlie Battery Homecoming
|FIRST REPORTED 6:30am 5/8/11 Some family members of local soldiers are starting to get ready for the welcome home their loved ones in uniform deserve.
WGIL News has learned from several sources that members of the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery that have been serving the last year on a peace-keeping mission in Egypt could be home as soon as Wednesday after going through de-briefings and other things -- a year after a deployment ceremony took place.
That led families of Guard units in Galesburg and Monmouth to help decorate the outside of the National Guard Readiness Center in Galesburg Saturday, cleaning up a flower bed that got his hard during this year's blizzard, and putting up ribbons.
Joy Feehan is a coordinator with the local Family Readiness Group, and tells WGIL she doesn't know specifics yet, but hopes to remain somewhat grounded.
"I've been through deployment before," Feehan said. "So, I try not to get my hopes up until we have a definite [day and/or time], because with the Army, anything can change in a heartbeat."
Feehan has two sons of her own in Charlie Battery, and says she's ready to have them home, and hope they'll not be deployed again for a long time.
When we get more specific details about any welcome home plans for the troops, we'll let you know first on WGIL and WGIL-dot-com.
In addition to Monmouth, Macomb, and Galesburg, soldiers from the Guard armory in Milan also are a part of the 123rd.
(Families of local National Guard soldiers bring new life to the flower garden in front of the National Guard Readiness Center in Galesburg Saturday. They say 2011 Blizzard was not kind at all to it.)
(Family members spruce up the grounds of the National Guard Readiness Center in Galesburg Saturday in anticipation of the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery coming home soon. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|05 08 11 by Newsroom
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