Two local soldiers had their wish granted with a visit home for the holidays. Operation Welcome You Home, an organization that plans homecomings for local servicemen and women, recently greeted Army Specialists Anthony Rossi and Ryan Luley.
They surprised Rossi at his home where his family was having a party.
“I thought it was just the bagpipes, then I heard the sirens and saw the lights and everything,” said Rossi. “It was just a shock.”
Rossi attended Naperville North High School before enlisting in the Army last year. He came home from Germany, but before that he spent time serving in Afghanistan.
Operation Welcome You Home greeted Luley straight off the plane with a flag line. They then escorted him to a party in his honor.
The Naperville Central grad signed up for the Army in 2009 and also spent his tour of duty in Afghanistan. He plans to spend his time at home with his family…including his young twin sons.
“It’s a dream come true, a long-awaited dream come true,” said Luley.
Both Rossi and Luley will head to Germany in January.
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