Church Plans Homecoming for Local Soldier

By: Ashley Arnold Email
By: Ashley Arnold Email

Members of Vision Church Christian International are planing a special homecoming for their own Sergeant Thomas McCoy once he returns from Afghanistan.
McCoy is an E-5 in the Army National Guard. He currently works to ensure pathways are safe, without any explosive devices and last Saturday he was awarded a Bronze Star for all he has done while deployed.

For McCoy's father-in-law, Daniel Marcinkowski, a Vietnam veteran, it's especially important to give the soldiers coming in a nice homecoming.

"Some people didn't like you and you didn't wear your uniform because people would you know say things and it was just a real tumultuos time in our country," he said recounting his time coming home from the war. "I just felt like hey, these guys, it's tough because you know, a year, the climate, the desert, I guess I have a lot of empathy understanding what it was like and I want to see that we welcome our boys home in a proper fashion."

Members of the church agree.

"After their service and everything they've done like that, we need to be there to just let them know how much we appreciate their effort in serving our country and let the families know how much we appreciate the sacrifices they've made here as well," said member Chuck Lorrain. "It's a time that we can really honor these guys coming home.

However, the welcome home party isn't just for the church, they're inviting the public to come out as well. They expect McCoy to be home sometime next week.

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