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November 9, 2012

Parade to honor local veteran

A cavalcade of motorists is traveling from Winnie to Nederland Friday morning to celebrate a soldier’s homecoming.

Joshua Yarbrough, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps., is coming home from San Antonio where he was in rehabilitation.

He suffered major injuries after stepping on an improvised explosive device while leading his men on a routine tour in Afghanistan las year.

After the trip from overseas and several months rehabbing, Yarbrough is finally coming home.

The cavalcade will leave from Nutty Jerry’s in Winnie around 11:30 a.m., take Highway 124 to FM 365, and arrive on Nederland Avenue. From there, the caravan will take 27th Street to the house of Yarbrough’s uncle.

Residents who want to help welcome Yarbrough home are asked to line up on Nederland Avenue or 27th Street around noon where the Nederland Chamber of Commerce will have two big signs for him. Flags will be distributed to participants.

Ruth Trahan, Yarbrough’s mother, is taking Yarbrough’s oldest son out of school early and meeting him in Winnie.

“This is wonderful,” she said. “I think it will really lifts his spirits and show him how much people appreciate the sacrifice they make.”

Yarbrough has been in San Antonio since August learning how to walk with prosthetics and gaining strength in his arms.

Sandra Womack, who is helping organize the event, said the Port Arthur Police Department and other law enforcement agencies will escort the caravan.

She said in an email that “motorcycles are encouraged to fly big flags and cars are encouraged to be decorated.”

Email: jbrown@panews.com

Twitter: joshnathanbrown

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