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Area Soldiers Coming Home

Posted by wlpo on September 1, 2009

One hundred soldiers spread out amongst battalions in Pontiac, Dixon, Kewanee and Aurora will be welcomed home tomorrow with ceremonies. Welcome home ceremonies at the Pontiac and Dixon armories start at 5 with the Aurora and Kewanee ceremonies starting at 5:30.

The troops are part of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Team that was deployed to Afghanistan last year to help train Afghani police and soldiers. Eighteen members of the 33rd team have died including Spc. Chester Hosford of Ottawa.

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