Troops Receive an Official Welcome Home

Troops Receive an Official Welcome Home
By: Ryan Tate
SIKESTON, MO --Troops with the 1140th Engineer Batallion's "Charlie Company" found you can go home again, despite the old saying. And you will certainly enjoy going home after spending more than a year in Iraq. The community of Sikeston hosted a "Welcome Home" ceremony at the town's high school Tuesday. More than 600 people attended the ceremony, designed to allow friends, family and neighbors a chance to "thank you" and "welcome home."
"Speechless. Really, this is more than we felt like we deserved. Our country called us to do a duty and we did it," Specialist Gregory Campbell said.
But Sikeston was different than other Heartland towns with troops coming home. Cape Girardeau, Farmington, and Perryville will hold official "Welcome Home" ceremonies later this spring. Officials in Sikeston and with the 1140th wanted to do it right away.
"As soon as the soldiers can get closure on it, and families can get closure on it, then everyone else can go on with the rest of their lives," Captain Scott Ratcliff said.
"The 1140th has been a part of this community for years. They are a part of the fabric of our community. When it came to do this today, there was no questions," Mike Jensen said. Jensen was co-chairman of the Welcome Home Ceremony.