To the editor:
My son Matt Voyles is a major in the United States
Army. He served a year in Iraq, and I wanted to tell you what
happened when he came back home to Woodstock.
The people of his community put on a parade that would serve to
welcome a dignitary. He drove into a cascade of flags, with banners,
fire trucks, many many cars, many motorcycles, and many police cars
with their sirens going and a police escort 10 miles from Huntley to
Woodstock. Police blocked side roads, people stood and waved flags,
some stood at attention with their hand over their heart. They went
around the square, and as they did, business people came out to wave
and display flags.
The mayor of Woodstock gave a speech in the town square gazebo
(the one from the movie "Groundhog Day").
The area newspapers were there and they interviewed Matt and put
that interview in the paper the next day.
Then they went to the VFW for a lasagna meal and cake and more
speeches. Matt was asked to join the VFW right then and there.
We were so proud of Matt, but also of the town that gave this
welcome home to ONE soldier who had only lived in town for five
And as we drove out of town, the billboards displayed "Welcome
Home Major Voyles"
November 11, 2008]
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