Families prepare for soldiers’ homecoming

Family members of the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 56th Stryker Brigade are looking forward to the troops returning from Iraq in about two weeks. At left, Kathy Junkin of Erie, whose husband, Capt. Francisco Junkin, is commander of Bravo Co., and Jen Bickerstaff of Corry, whose husband, James Bickerstaff, is a First sergeant with Bravo Co., look at a welcome home sign Jen Bickerstaff has ready for the homecoming.

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Soldiers with the U.S. Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 112th Infantry, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, who were deployed to Iraq almost a year ago, should be coming home in less than two weeks.

And there will be about 1,500 flags and 500 yellow ribbons in place along the route they’ll travel from the Interstate 79 Exit in Saegertown to the readiness center on Center Street Extension in Cambridge Springs, where their family members will be waiting.

See the Journal's Tuesday, September 1st edition for full story.

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