STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WTAQ) - All 3,200 soldiers who spent last year in Iraq with the Wisconsin National Guard’s Red Arrow Brigade will be honored at a homecoming in Stevens Point this month.
The soldiers and their families are being invited to an event called “Back from the Sand” on Saturday, June 19th. All 28 units of the Guard’s 32nd Infantry Brigade will be recognized with a parade.
And then Governor Jim Doyle and various state and local leaders will join Guard officials in a park ceremony along the Wisconsin River in Stevens Point. There will be live music, military displays, and a host of family activities.
Guard captain Joy Staab calls it the largest homecoming she’s seen. Sara Brish of the Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau says her group is excited about hosting it – and they’ve had great support from community leaders and businesses throughout the state.
The 32nd Brigade was placed on active duty last February and went to Iraq last April and May. They returned home in January. It was the largest deployment of Wisconsin National Guard troops since World War II.