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Welcoming home local heroes

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KENNEWICK, Wash;-- Family and members of Delta Company, 1st Battalion received a warm welcome home party this afternoon.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5785, Kennewick and the Pacific Northwest Mustang Club hosted a Christmas and welcome home dinner for members and families of Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry who returned from Iraq in August.

The event was hosted at the Country Gentleman in Kennewick. It's primary focus: honor more than 200 of our local heroes who have fought to keep our freedoms.

"Those of us who were Vietnam Veterans didn't get the same kind of welcome home back in those days," Veterans of Foreign Wars Post David Lemak said. "We vowed that we'd never let that happen again, so to be able to put on something like this and tell these citizen soldiers how much we appreciate their citizen service, it's been a real honor and it's a heart warming time."