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Troops Coming Home!

By Staff | Jul 10, 2008

Members of the 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery Battery A of the Iowa National Guard are returning to area this Friday, July 11.

A welcome home ceremony for the troops has been tentatively scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday at Hoyt-Luithly Field in Estherville. The football field is located on Third Avenue South.

The latest deployment of the 194th Field Artillery occurred a year ago, when 75 citizen soldiers from the area left for a deployment as peacekeeping forces in Kosovo. Now, the journey that started July 21 of 2007 will come full-circle this Friday afternoon.

While the troops have been back on United States soil for the past several days, they will officially make their way back to family and friends through a convoy that will be escorted down U.S. Highways 169 and 18 and up Iowa Highway Four. Along the route, The Patriot Guard Riders will escort the troops in a tribute to their selfless service of the public.

The Iowa State Patrol, along with the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office will escort the troops into Emmetsburg, where the Emmetsburg Police Department will take over the escort. Deputies will resume the escort out of Emmetsburg up to Graettinger, where the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office will escort the troops into Estherville. At that point, the Estherville Police Department will escort the troops to the Readiness Center on South 18 th Street. At that point, the troops will disembark and march to Hoyt Luithly Field for the official welcome home ceremonies, which are tentatively planned for 1:30 p.m.

In case of inclement weather Friday afternoon, the welcome home ceremonies will be held indoors at the Natinal Guard Readiness Center in Estherville.