Soldiers from Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery, will arrive back in South Dakota at 12:35 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Sioux Falls airport and then be transported by bus to meet with their families in Yankton after spending approximately one year training and evaluating the Iraqi Police in Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"I look forward to joining the soldiers and family members of "Charlie" Battery during their welcome celebration on Saturday," said Gov. Mike Rounds.
"These soldiers have completed an extremely difficult mission in a hostile environment, and we will give them the welcome home they truly deserve."
Arrival and Ceremonial Timeline
12:35 p.m. – Arrival in South Dakota, Sioux Falls Airport Business Aviation.
1 p.m. – Depart for Yankton via bus.
Sometime between 1:30 and 2 p.m. – Charlie Battery's bus will pass through Vermillion on its way to Yankton.
1:45PM � 2:00PM � The public is invited to come to the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce & Development Company parking lot, (906 E. Cherry Street) or to stand anywhere on Cherry Street, to wave and cheer as the soldiers pass through Vermillion on their way to Yankton.
2:30 p.m. – Arrive at Yankton National Guard Armory.
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Family time and parade preparation.
3:30 to 4:40 p.m. – Parade: Start point will be at the Yankton Armory, east on 31st Street to Douglas Avenue, south to 19th Street, west to Walnut Street, north to 20th Street, west to Cedar Street, north to 21st, west to Kellen Gross Drive, south to the Yankton Summit Activities Center at 1801 Summit Street.
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Official Welcome Home Ceremony at the Yankton Summit Activities Center.
"We are all excited to see these troops back in South Dakota," said Maj. Gen. Michael Gorman, adjutant general. "Their service is what makes this nation great and I hope everyone turns out to welcome these veterans home."
"This has been a complete community effort," said Gary Wood, editor and publisher for the Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan, and community event coordinator. "I have been amazed by the response from the community – everyone has stepped up to support the event."
Wood said that for those unable to attend the event, a live broadcast will be available on WNAX 570 AM, KYNT 1450 AM, and MIX106 106FM.