Safely Home

A Naperville soldier is home from overseas, this time for good. Operation Welcome You Home, a local organization that provides homecomings for all area military men and women, surprised Michael Diakoumis with a parade and escorted him to a party at the Judd Kendall VFW post.

He was also honored with gift certificates, pins, and other American emblems. The goal of these events is to remind the soldiers that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.

“This is a awesome turnout,” said the former Army Ranger Corporal. “I can’t thank everybody enough. This is amazing.”

Before enlisting in the army and serving three tours of duty, he graduated from Neuqua Valley High School. Diakoumis plans on furthering his education at Benedictine University to become a history teacher.

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