UPDATE: Spooner Police Chief Jerry Christman says he has received work that the expected arrival of the troops in Spooner this evening has been delayed by approximately 2 hours. Chief Christman says the updated expected arrival time is now between 8:30p and 9:30p. Nothing else has changed.
Troops Of The 724th Engineer Battalion To Arrive Home In Spooner Thursday
Last October our National Guard Unit in Spooner, which is part of the 724th Engineer Battalion/ Wisconsin National Guard, was deployed to the Middle East to help support the ongoing military efforts in that region. At that time, we honored them with a farewell ceremony at the Spooner High School where many citizens and government officials came together to honor and wish them well. During their deployment I was able to receive monthly reports from local National Guard staff as to their well being and relayed that information at our monthly city council meetings. Now, I'm pleased to report that our troops are coming home! Also, it has been reported that everyone has made it back to the United States without any serious injuries. We expect to see them arrive by bus on Thursday, September 24, 2020, at approximately 6:30 pm-7:30 pm.
It would be a wonderful gesture for the citizens of Spooner and the surrounding area to line Highway 63 as they are escorted through Spooner by the Spooner Police and Spooner Fire District. As we are unsure of the exact time they will arrive, we ask that you watch your social media sites and communicate with friends to pass along the information. We welcome appropriate signs and American Flags waving as they pass. If it is dark, cell phones with flashlight on and waving may be a good welcome home gesture. We expect that they will be coming into Spooner on Highway 63, from the north and travelling to the National Guard Armory to be reunited with family and friends.
I hope all will make an effort to show our support and welcome our "Home Town Heros" back to their families, friends and community.
Remember to please continue to practice social distancing and wear a mask when in close proximity to other persons.
Gary J. Cuskey
City of Spooner