The PA Army National Guard’s C Battery, 1/213 Air Defense Artillery, is coming home to Spring City, PA after a long and hard year’s deployment in Iraq. The officers at the Spring City Armory are very anxious that they receive a hero’s welcome upon their return.
These tired but happy soldiers are now demobilizing at Fort Dix. This Friday, Sept. 7, they will leave Ft. Dix in a convoy bound for the Armory at Spring City.
The families, friends and members of the community will be waiting for these troops. Folks will come out to the streets to cheer their hometown heroes, and the families will be having a celebration on the Armory grounds as they await the arrival of the convoy.
We are asking concerned Americans to support these returning troops by coming out with flags, signs, but most of all, your sincere “welcome home” as they pull in. The buses transporting the soldiers will be accompanied by a motorcycle escort and police and fire department honors.
HOW TO FIND THE ARMORY FROM MAIN STREET IN SPRING CITY:
Go South on Main Street through Spring City as it climbs out of the river valley. Main Street then becomes Bridge Street. Take Bridge Street a short distance to PENNHURST ROAD. There is a big sign on the LEFT side that says “SouthEast Veterans Administration,” and also a church on the same left side, “Faith Bible Fellowship.” TURN RIGHT at that point ON PENNHURST ROAD. On PENNHURST, TURN RIGHT ON DUNLAP. YOU WILL PASS THE VETERAN’S HOME (THERE ARE SOME HIGH SPEED BUMPS HERE - TAKE CARE.) PAST THE HOME YOU WILL SEE THE ARMORY UP AHEAD, FOLLOW THE SIGNS AROUND THE HUGE OLD BUILDING TO THE PARKING LOT.
This unit lost two members while deployed in Iraq. They deserve a hero’s welcome! See you on Friday at the Spring City National Guard Armory!
Go. Give them the heroes welcome they so deserve!!!!!
[Update] From an email I received that touched me because this women has but one desire, to show her love and support for our returning heroes.
I read your post from yesterday about the GOE in Spring City, PA, and it really hit home for me (I grew up about 15 or 20 minutes from there).
I tried to post my ramblings as a comment, but it wouldn’t let me because I have too many line breaks. I was wondering, if you don’t mind, if you could put the attached poem in the comments section of that post – I couldn’t be there to welcome them home today, but I just wanted to let them know somehow that I supported them.
A few years back someone explained
that “Freedom Isn’t Free”
And that sometimes it requires us
to unguard our eyes and see;
That the gifts God has bestowed on us
come with duties less admired
Because to whom so much is given
so much more is then required
We know that peace we’d choose, not war,
in half a heartbeat, if we could.
And, so, elitists argue if it’s ‘right’
and ponder if we ‘should’.
But the truth of life keeps butting in
not letting us ignore
That sometimes we can’t have that peace
till we wage a little war.
Now, my America is the world’s great light,
She is Freedom’s living sound
And all the misplaced anger of the world
won’t ever knock her down.
But those who vow to kill us all
don’t care what it will take;
They’ve pledged their minds and hearts and souls
to kill for hatred’s sake.
So, now, strong young men and women
of themselves so much must give,
And the rest of us must keep the faith
if we want Freedom’s song to live.
And for those who’ve given all,
we must ensure ‘twas not in vain,
We must prove that Evil hasn’t won;
that it can’t kill Freedom’s Song.
Now, I don’t know anyone today
who has died for Freedom’s sake
And I do not claim to know the toll
on loved ones war can take.
But I do recall that folded flag
placed on my Grandma’s shelf
In which I saw the sacrifice of one
much stronger than myself
And when I see our men and women now
march bravely to the fray,
I am moved and honored more
than written word could ever say,
That someone I have never met would
would leave hearth, home, and land
To meet head-on that Evil
and exact the upper hand.
Make no mistake – we will succeed
we’ll not give up the fight.
We’ll honor TRUTH and FREEDOM
and we’ll stand for what is right.
And those brave young souls who paid
the price of Freedom for us all
Can rest and know that Evil lost
because they answered duty’s call.