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April 27, 2006

Albany-- South Georgia is being covered with yellow ribbons as we prepare to welcome home 48th Brigade troops Friday. The citizen soldiers spent the last year in Iraq. You can welcome them home Friday afternoon when they arrive at their headquarters in Albany.

Seventh Avenue and North Madison Street are lined with yellow ribbons, leading to the Georgia Army National Guards Headquarters. Chamber of Commerce officials ask South Georgians to line this area tomorrow when the troops arrive home.

About 100 men and women of the 48th Brigade are scheduled to leave Ft. Stewart at 9:30 in the morning. They should pull into the Headquarters building between 12:30 and 1:30.

"When those guys get off the bus, we want to see a thousand people there possibly to welcome them, and to just really show our appreciation again for them," said Clifford Porter of the Chamber's Military Affairs section.

If you come to the greet the troops, park at Old Cotton Mill or the Gethsemane Worship Center on Tenth Avenue, or at Tift Park on North Monroe. Officials ask that you not park on the Bypass or North Jefferson because of heavy traffic. Instead 7th Avenue and North Monroe will be the official welcome site.

  • Here's a look at other places to be Friday.
    • In Tifton you are asked to line US 82 at 11:30.
    • In Sylvester line up along US 82 at noon.
    • In Cordele the welcome will begin at the Crisp-Wilcox county line and continue to the Cordele armory from noon to one o'clock.
    • In Valdosta people are asked to line Patterson Street downtown from Park Avenue to Hill Avenue at one o'clock.

Of course remember all those arrival times could change.

You don't have to be a grown-up to show your thanks to those returning troops. Students at Sherwood Acres Elementary School created posters and a banner for soldiers in the 48th Brigade.

For one student, the project is especially significant. His father is coming home with the Brigade. "I'm going to say I love him. I'm going to hug him really big and tight because he's been in the war and I haven't seen him for a while. It's been like a year and six months."

The Albany Police Department has five soldiers who will be coming home.

Students put five stars on the banner to pay tribute to those officers. The police department will hold a celebration for them on May 3rd.

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