Saturday, September 8, 2012

Marine escorted home by Ky. Patriot Guard Riders

Marine escorted home by Ky. Patriot Guard Riders
Sep 07, 2012

LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - One Marine from London said he was "surprised and humbled" to have members of the Kentucky Patriot Guard Riders escort him home from Lexington after he returned from Afghanistan.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Steven Sparkman said he did not expect the Kentucky Patriot Guard Riders to be waiting on him at Bluegrass Airport with his family.

He said he knew something was different when he attempted to take the stairs as usual, when a T.S.A. worker swayed him in the other direction.

“He said, you're going down the escalator, welcome home! So I went down and that's when I saw everyone standing there,” said Sparkman.

The Marine said he could not wait to get home to London to see his family and friends after being in Afghanistan since February.

Neighbors hosting a Vietnam Veterans get together called the “Dalat Group” waved flags at the end of the street to welcome him back.
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