Locals to line streets today to greet 1087th soldiers

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 14, 2004

JONESVILLE, La. &045;&045; When the 1087th Transportation Company arrive today, the town may not look like how they left it.

Instead, the streets are lined with posters welcoming them home and thanking them, along with pictures of them, flags and yellow ribbons.

The Family Readiness Group for the troops is encouraging everyone in Jonesville to line the streets of U.S. 84 by noon today to welcome home the soldiers, who spent almost 14 months in Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Carmen Anderson, leader of the support group, said everyone that is not working should come out to welcome the troops home.

&uot;If they are working, take a break,&uot; she said Thursday night as family members were preparing for the homecoming.

While the time has fluctuated on an estimated time of arrival, the latest news from Louisiana National Guard spokeswoman Dusty Shenofsky is that the troops will arrive around 11:30 a.m.

Anderson said the troops will head straight to the National Guard Armory in Jonesville for a brief welcome home ceremony before hopping onto a float to parade through the streets of town.

&uot;We want to show our troops how much we appreciate them for defending our country,&uot; Anderson said.

With signs posted on the highway from the junction of Louisiana 28 and U.S. 84 to posters around town and in the armory, the soldiers are coming home to a group that has long-anticipated their homecoming.

The 1087th left for Iraq on Feb. 9, 2003, and arrived back at England Airpark March 26. After outprocessing at Fort Polk this week, the troops will be released after a small ceremony at Fort Polk this morning, before heading home to Jonesville and Jena.