Soldier surprised by Christmas welcome
WATERMAN – It was an early Christmas present he didn’t see coming.
Saturday afternoon, Andrew Shores thought he was going to start a 30-day leave from the Army quietly at his fiancee’s home in Shabbona. What he didn’t know was there was a welcome-home party waiting for him that had other plans.
Lining both sides of the parking lot at the State Bank at the intersection of highways 23 and 30 in Waterman, 15 people - many of them members of the Warriors Watch Riders - held up flags while shouting out, “Welcome back.” Along with the Waterman police and fire departments, Shores was then escorted to Shabbona, where family and friends were gathered.
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