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Patriot Guard, Warriors Escort Ira Fain Home to Hainesville

"We want every soldier to have a great homecoming," said a Warriors Watch member, part of a large group escorting a local soldier home.

Ira Fain of Hainesville came home from Afghanistan a month early, led by a several motorcycles, a Grayslake Fire Truck, Grayslake Police officers and friends and family.

The welcome home celebration was made even more special by several veterans leading the way.

Members of the Warriors Watch, the Patriot Guard and the American Motorcycle Club escorted Fain to his house. Nearly 300 friends and neighbors were waiting to welcome Fain home.

"This is just great," said veteran Frank Foster of Schaumburg, a member of Warriors Watch, standing outside of Fain's home. Friends, neighbors and strangers gathered in the street to welcome Fain home after nearly a year abroad.

"To me, I find it rewarding because I came back from Vietnam and it wasn't like this," Foster said. "So we all stand behind the motto that it will never happen again like that."

The Warriors Watch mission statement says "...we will honor our nation's warriors here at home, and support their families while they fight for us abroad."

Foster said they escort veterans home from distant lands to ensure they get a big welcome home.

"Every one of these homecomings that we do is special," Foster said. "It is important to welcome every one of these guys home."

Sarah Pressly-James August 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Thank you, Ira, for your service - welcome home!! :))
Linda Soto August 21, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Thank you to all our residents and local agencies for a tremendous turnout! Above all, THANK YOU IRA for your service and dedication to our Country! Mayor Linda Soto Village of Hainesville
Lauri Wade-Higdon August 22, 2012 at 01:38 AM
This was a terrific community event. And Courtney Fenn's pictures are really special!
Joyce Campbell August 23, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I'm proud to live in a community that truly honors our local heros. Thank you to the entire Fain family. We know that when one serves, the whole family serves as well.
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