Sgt. Robert John Bick returns home to his family just in time for Christmas.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- 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.…
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 …