Thursday, February 21, 2008

SWAC -- Join us TODAY to welcome our heroes home from Iraq!

They are almost home! The Army National Guard's historic 116th "Stonewall Brigade" is arriving at 2:30 this afternoon at the Staunton Armory, and all are invited to help welcome them back!

This is a fluid schedule so they may be running later than 2:30 -- if you cannot make it by that time, you are welcome to join us when you can.

Arrival in Richmond:
After landing in Richmond, they will load onto chartered buses and begin the journey up I-64 to Staunton.

Arrival in Staunton:
Leaving I-81 at exit 222, the buses will be escorted by the Virginia State Police and the Patriot Guard Riders as they travel Richmond Avenue (Rt. 250).

There are sidewalks along Richmond Avenue west of Five Guys Restaurant, and other places to stand including in front of the Starbucks, Augusta Farm Supply, and Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church, for those who may not be able to be at the Armory.

Arrival at Armory:
At the Armory there will be American flags lining the drive as well as folks standing on Thornrose Avenue with American flags and signs to welcome them home.

Arrival Ceremony:
The Guard will have a brief "welcome home" ceremony in the Armory that will include Mayor Lacy King, Major and Gen. Robert Newman who is the Adjunct General of Virginia.

The Patriot Guard Riders will have full-sized American flags on their motorcycles as they escort the 116th to Thomas D. Howie Memorial National Guard Armory on Thornrose Avenue.

Our heroes have put their lives on hold for us for the past 10 months ... this is our opportunity to tell them "thanks."

Info: email SWAC Girl.

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