Soldiers Receive Big Welcome Home

May 20, 2005--Posted 6:00 pm CDT

Newport, AR--The 39th Infantry is home and the city ofNewport took today to say thanks to those who had risked their lives overseas in Iraq.  Nearly eighty men and women from Newport were stationed in Iraq.


A parade was held today to show the thanks of the community.  The Newport marching band and color guard marched ahead of local veterans and those soldiers who had just gotten back from their tour of duty in Iraq.


Local officials say it was important to include the Newport schools in the parade to give students a sense of patriotism.  The parade actually went through school grounds before ending in a field about a quarter mile from the school.


Newport Mayor David Stewart and other officials then briefly talked to the soldiers, thanking them for their hard work and welcoming them back home.