WARE, Mass. — More than 500 family and friends along with the dozens of signs that adorned West Street welcomed home the 170 plus Soldiers of the 747th Military Police Company, Massachusetts National Guard here, July 2, 2010.
The 747 arrived home after a year-long deployment to Iraq where they were responsible for training police departments throughout the province in their area of operations.
The Soldiers, led by Capt. Jim Jones, commander of the 747th, disembarked the busses, which brought them from Fort Dix, N.J., and marched into Ware High School Veterans Memorial Stadium to cheers from their waiting loved ones.
Jones assembled the 747th onto the stadium field for one final formation prior to being released for the holiday weekend.
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray was in attendance and briefly addressed the Soldiers, congratulated them on a successful mission and wished them a happy independence day.
Jones completed the informal ceremony by handing the formation over to 1st Sgt. Michael Domnarski, first sergeant, 747th MP Company, who promptly dismissed the Soldiers.
“The mission went well,” said Domnarski, a Ware resident. “All the soldiers made it home in one piece.”
A formal welcome home ceremony for the 747th will be announced at a later date.