Welcome Home Celebration

After a five-year-long deployment, United States Marine Corporal, Paul Gillig, has returned home.

A motorcade of police and safety vehicles escorted the hero and his family to The End Zone in Aurora for the Welcome Home celebration.

“I’m very proud of him, on what he has done, and I’m happy he is home safe and sound,” said Paul’s sister, Lauren Gillig.

The 2007 Waubonsie Valley grad received an Associate’s degree from Phoenix University before joining the military later that year.

Gillig’s mother, Madeleine, is happy her son is home for good. “It’s nice to know he doesn’t have to go back to the airport in two weeks. It’s been a long five years, so I could not be happier,” she said.

During his deployment, Gillig served in Japan, Belgium, and India. There, he spent time as a security guard of classified information.

Operation Welcome You Home organizes events like this at the requests of families who want to send off, welcome home, or honor military men and women.

The organization presented gifts to Gillig, including a United States flag signed by hundreds of people in the community.

Richard Marrello serves as a Commandant for the Fox Valley Marines. “We go around the community. Farmer’s markets, and festivals. We’ve been able to get into the high schools and ask everybody to sign these flag so that we could show the support of the community and this country to our young men and women that are fighting the battles. And to Welcome them home,” said Marrello.

Gillig accepted a request to appear in Plainfield’s Homecoming parade, as a stand-out in the super-hero themed event.

NCTV17’s Ashley Vroman Reports
For the Week of 10/05/12

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