Newport Welcomes 39th Home

MAY 20, 2005 - Posted at 7:47 a.m. CDT, updated at 4:10 p.m.

NEWPORT, AR - Members of the 39th Infantry Brigade based in Jackson County and northeast Arkansas were formally welcomed home today after deployment to Iraq and the Middle East.

The city of Newport, Newport Area Chamber of Commerce and Delta Company Family Support Group sponsored a Patriotic Soldier Appreciation event in honor of local soldiers who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A parade highlighted the day's activities this afternoon.

Meanwhile, a celebration is planned for tomorrow at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium for members of the Arkansas military.  The "Welcome Home Arkansas Heroes" is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.