Soldiers return home to Heartland from Afghanistan - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Soldiers return home to Heartland from Afghanistan

The soldiers returned to a warm welcome at the Cape Girardeau VFW. (Source: KFVS Reporter Jen Baird) The soldiers returned to a warm welcome at the Cape Girardeau VFW. (Source: KFVS Reporter Jen Baird)
(Source: KFVS Reporter Jen Baird) (Source: KFVS Reporter Jen Baird)
(Source: KFVS Reporter Jen Baird) (Source: KFVS Reporter Jen Baird)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The 955th Engineers Company returned home to a warm welcome at the Cape Girardeau VFW Friday morning.

Family and friends were there around 4 a.m. waiting for the twelve soldiers to return home from a year of service in Afghanistan.

The soldiers arrived around 4:30 a.m. with a police escort from Cape Girardeau police crews.

Organizers only had about two day's notice to prepare for the soldiers' return, but Deb Griffin, events coordinator with the VFW, says they were very excited to provide a place to welcome the soldiers back home.

"It's very moving here for us as well. We understand how the families feel and it's very nice to be able to welcome them home," said Griffin.

Griffin added that the homecomings for soldiers have changed so much over the years from WWII to the Vietnam War and to present day. She said whether the group of soldiers returning is large or small, they still want to make it a very special occasion.

Anthony Schoemaker was welcomed home by his wife, Katlyn.

"It felt like a mountain fell off my shoulders. You know, it's over," said Anthony Schoemaker.

Katlyn Schoemaker said she was overjoyed to see her husband for the first time in a year. "It couldn't get here fast enough. I almost started crying when I finally saw him pull up."

The soldiers were from several different areas of the Heartland, but had picked the VFW in Cape Girardeau as a safe, collective place for their family and friends to welcome them back.

Copyright 2014 KFVS. All rights reserved. 

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • CPPJ 'real-time flood coverage' weather system could be happening soon

    CPPJ 'real-time flood coverage' weather system could be happening soon

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:22 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:22:01 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    It's been almost a year since the idea of creating a weather alert system focused on flooding was talked about by Calcasieu Parish leaders.  Now the idea is slowly turning into reality.  A weather alert system focused on real time flood coverage in Calcasieu Parish was something parish public works director Allen Wainwright was talking about nearly a year ago, but now action could be coming soon.   "Not only is this a forecast for rain, but now a forec...

    More >>

    It's been almost a year since the idea of creating a weather alert system focused on flooding was talked about by Calcasieu Parish leaders.  Now the idea is slowly turning into reality.  A weather alert system focused on real time flood coverage in Calcasieu Parish was something parish public works director Allen Wainwright was talking about nearly a year ago, but now action could be coming soon.   "Not only is this a forecast for rain, but now a forec...

    More >>
  • Jury sees graphic police body cam video in murder trial of Johnnie Hardman

    Jury sees graphic police body cam video in murder trial of Johnnie Hardman

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 9:35 PM EDT2018-05-23 01:35:58 GMT
    Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Testimony is underway in the trial of Johnnie Hardman, charged with First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery with a Firearm and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery with a Firearm. Jurors saw police body cam video from July 22 of last year, as officers attempted to render aid to Joshua Touchet, who was in his car when he was shot in the shoulder.  When they got to him he was still breathing, but his body was limp as they removed him from the vehicle.  The 23 old ...

    More >>

    Testimony is underway in the trial of Johnnie Hardman, charged with First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery with a Firearm and two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery with a Firearm. Jurors saw police body cam video from July 22 of last year, as officers attempted to render aid to Joshua Touchet, who was in his car when he was shot in the shoulder.  When they got to him he was still breathing, but his body was limp as they removed him from the vehicle.  The 23 old ...

    More >>
  • Invest 90L likely poses little to no threat to SWLA

    Invest 90L likely poses little to no threat to SWLA

    Invest 90L likely poses little to no threat to SWLA

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 7:32 PM EDT2018-05-22 23:32:11 GMT
    Spaghetti plot for Invest 90LSpaghetti plot for Invest 90L

    The National Hurricane Center continues to highlight an area in Gulf of Mexico for potential tropical development over the next five days. This area to watch is currently located south of the Yucatan Peninsula and strong wind shear will keep this area at a 0% chance of development over the next couple of days before increasing late-week and weekend as it pushes into the Gulf of Mexico.

    More >>

    The National Hurricane Center continues to highlight an area in Gulf of Mexico for potential tropical development over the next five days. This area to watch is currently located south of the Yucatan Peninsula and strong wind shear will keep this area at a 0% chance of development over the next couple of days before increasing late-week and weekend as it pushes into the Gulf of Mexico.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly