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Welcome home, soldier!

U.S. Army PFC Mark Wildsmith embraces his grandmother Helene Wildsmith as his aunt Barbra Policino looks on with a smile. Volunteers from a Hero’s Welcome and Warrior Watch met Wildsmith at the Philadelphia International Airport and escorted him to his home in North East Philadelphia. Wildsmith had served in Afghanistan since October of 2010. (Sarah Schu 07/15/11)

Army Pfc. Mark Wildsmith greets his grandmother, Helene Wildsmith, upon arriving at his Rhawnhurst home on Friday following his deployment in Afghanistan. Wildsmith, 20, a member of the 4th Infantry Division, I-66 Raider Brigade at Fort Carson, Colo., went to Afghanistan last October. Upon his arrival at Philadelphia International Airport, members of the groups A Hero’s Welcome and Warrior’s Watch led a welcoming escort that accompanied the soldier to his home, where he was cheered by family and neighbors.

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