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3/19/2008-

A Day Of Firsts; Sgt. John Curran Comes To East Texas

For the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, we have some good news. Family, friends, even complete strangers celebrated one soldier's safe return from the war zone. Sergeant John Curran arrived in Lindale Wednesday, after a few delays in Dallas.

They waited patiently for him to arrive. The group called Welcome Home Soldiers after a few delays in Dallas Sgt. John Curran arrived.

"We are thrilled to have you and thank you for your sacrifices and your service. We have a couple little gifts for you here. You are our hero," said Anne DeLaet.

John is a career army man. He has been in Iraq for the past 6 months, but served our country for 10 years.

"When we saw our son. It was really really awesome," said Sandy Curran, John's Mother, "It's been about a year and a half since we have seen him."

His parents just recently moved to East Texas, and his arrival the first time he has been here. He said the East Texas welcome, absolutely incredible. 

"I just want to say thank you. It really means a lot," said John. 

Even strangers stayed to greet him for the first time.

"I stopped here for lunch with my sister we were on our way to Ft Worth. We saw that a young man was coming back from Iraq today. A group had gathered to greet him and we wanted to be a part of that, "said Cindy Hoeffer of Longview.

Cindy tells us her father served in the military, and she thanks God every day for those that sacrifice for our freedoms. 

"It's important to show them how much we care about them because they are making an unselfish sacrifice to go to these places," said Cindy.

What's certainly the biggest first, John got to introduce his parents their youngest grand-daughter.

"To see the baby for the first time, other than pictures. It is really special," said Sandy. 

"I'm just on an 18 day R and R. I'll go back and I'll have about 9 more months," said John.

"They are doing what alot of us can't do or don't want to do. They have chosen to do this. They knew when they signed up," said Sandy.

Thankfulness for service that keeps us safe. Once Sergeant Curran finishes his time in Iraq, his family will join him at a military base in Germany.

If you are interesting in Welcoming Home Soldiers. Contact Anne DeLaet at (903) 561-6016 or wlcomhm@aol.com

 

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

 

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