Sunday, January 13, 2013
Jim Kapp is home from the U.S. Navy.
Having officially finished his tour of duty with the U.S. Navy in December, 22-year-old Jim Kapp was quite surprised when a motorcade of patriots pulled up at 9 a.m. in front of his home. A motorcade and escort organized by Operation Welcome You Home greeted Kapp and his family at their Delaney Road house. With lights flashing and horns blowing, Kapp was given a royal escort to Country Charm Restaurant, a favorite family eatery, where he was met by a restaurant full of well-wishers. A 2008 graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School, Kapp stood quietly in the midst of the crowd that gathered out front of the restaurant. Flanked by his parents, Julie and Jason Kapp, along with his sister Jillian, he humbly accepted the warm accolades …
Monday, December 24, 2012
Sgt. Robert John Bick returns home to his family just in time for Christmas.
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- Mary Compton
Monday, December 24, 2012
Whether it's a "Miracle on 34th Street" or a miracle in New Lenox, that Santa Claus sure has a way of bringing families together for Christmas. National Guard Army Sgt. Robert Bick arrived home late Saturday just in time for Christmas. Stationed the last four years in Kuwait, Bick has missed out on a lot of family time. He and his wife Rebecca have three daughters; he'd only once seen the baby, now six months old. Readers might like to read about another homecoming on Saturday. On Sunday, Bick was honored by the Soldiers Guardian Angels and the Warrior Watch Riders in a welcome home parade and escort. As his wife Rebecca and their three daughters watched, he stood tall and walked through flag line of military patriots who rallied at 2 p.…
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Home from Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Cpl. Thomas Lohnes gets a Merry Christmas welcome home by a parade of well-wishers.
Having spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, which included seven months serving in Afghanistan, 22-year-old U.S. Marine Cpl. Tom Lohnes Saturday got a surprise welcome home parade complete with New Lenox Police and New Lenox Fire Protection District escort to a party at the American Legion Post 1977. Lohnes, a 2008 graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School, was met by family and friends along with a committed group of Soldiers Guardian Angels, the Warrior Watch Riders and the Joliet Marine Corps League. The parade organizer, Tony Marmo of the Soldiers Guardian Angels was the first to formerly welcome the soldier home. The nippy 30 degree temperature failed to keep a crowd of patriots, family and friends away from the designated …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
A persistent rain failed to keep a crowd of 50-plus well-wishers from welcoming U.S. Marine Cpl. Bobby Owens home from a six-month stint in Afghanistan.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Bobby Owens, who landed Thursday at Chicago's Midway Airport, was officially welcomed home Saturday with a parade of friends and an escort from the police and the New Lenox Fire Protection District. The entourage gathered about 4 p.m. in a parking lot at Route 6 and Briggs Street in Joliet and parade snaked a few miles along Briggs Street, ending at the Belmont Athletic Club. Need a little 'good' news in your life? 'Like' our Good News, Chicago Facebook page for inspiring and uplifting stories in the Chicago area. The light rain was just enough to make 45 degree temperature uncomfortable for those awaiting the arrival of the guest of honor. Frankfort's John Cap, who regularly comes out to welcome military personnel back …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Soldiers Guardian Angles and Warrior Watch Riders escorted Atwell home on the final leg of his journey after completing active duty in Japan.
Veterans, family, friends and supporters came out to give a big welcome home to New Lenox resident and Army Capt. Kirby Atwell. Soldiers Guardian Angles and Warrior Watch Riders escorted Atwell home on the final leg of his journey after completing active duty in Japan. Tom Talmann of Soldiers Guardian Angles honored Atwell with the Challenge Coin presented by the Warrior Watch Riders, along with Mission Beads and a printed out Thread. Atwell, 29, grew up in New Lenox and attended Lincoln-Way High School. He is now home with his mother, father, and two brothers and looks forward to playing softball. He has been awarded several medals of honor including the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and was recently …