Small Towns Remember

We’re catching up on news after spending most of the week a half-day’s drive from here and mostly unplugged. This article from the Chronicle caught my eye. It’s about the homecoming of Army Spc. Brett Bartlett to Sycamore after four years’ service in Afghanistan and Germany.

The Bartletts met Brett at 1 p.m. at O’Hare International Airport, where they received an escort from the Chicago Police Department through the airport. The CPD also escorted the family to the Des Plaines Oasis on Interstate 90, where they met up with about 20 members of the Warriors’ Watch Riders group.

Warriors’ Watch Riders is a troop support group that provides motorcycle escorts for military units returning from war, for units deploying and individual soldiers returning…

Seventeen bikers escorted the Bartletts home, exiting I-90 at Route 47 and taking Route 72 into Genoa, then down Route 23 into Sycamore. State police officers on motorcycles escorted them along the way, as did police officers in the towns they passed through.

This is somewhat unusual for our area. It seems different in other parts of Illinois. In fact this past week I’ve had occasion to think about how easy it is for many in DeKalb to forget neighbors are still serving in harm’s way.

The occasion was our arrival to a community that is in mourning. Continue reading Small Towns Remember