An ‘indescribable’ reunion for Auroran home from Afghanistan
By Erika Wurst firstname.lastname@example.org December 29, 2012 7:12PM
Updated: January 31, 2013 6:38AM
Aurora welcomed home another one of its heroes in style on Saturday, as family and friends of Pfc. Scott Meyn gathered in celebration of the young soldier’s return from Afghanistan.
“It’s indescribable,” said Scott’s father, Reiner Meyn, of his son’s recent arrival. His son returned home on Dec. 22, just in time for Christmas. It was a holiday he missed last year during his deployment.
“It was great to have all four kids together,” Reiner said.
It had been 10 months since he last saw his son, who surprised the family with a visit home in February. On Saturday, family members returned the surprise, by teaming up with Operation Welcome You Home to throw Scott a party he will remember forever.
A motorcade of veterans, thankful supporters, family members and local police and fire officials picked up the young serviceman Saturday night, surprising him at his family home with an escort to Giordano’s in Oswego where more supporters lay in wait.
“This was completely unexpected. It’s amazing,” Meyn said of the surprise. “I don’t know what to do or say. I’m still shocked.”
Meyn grew up in Aurora and graduated in 2006 from Waubonsie Valley High School. In 2011, at age 24, he completed basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., and was assigned to Joint Base-Fort Lewis/McCord in Washington state.
He is currently a part of the 1-14 CAV Stryker Brigade Unit that served for Operation Enduring Freedom at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, from December 2011 through November 2012.
For mom Vicki, Scott’s time away from home has been hard.
“With technology being what it is, it makes it a whole lot easier, though,” she said. Facebook and email keep mom and son in close contact.
“I can’t imagine before, having to send letters and wait several weeks (for a correspondence back).”
These days, a lot has changed for our servicemen and women, she said.
Vicki recalled her days as a youth, when peers were being sent to Vietnam. They came back to little fanfare and often felt unappreciated, she said.
“I’m glad times have changed, and people appreciate what they do. These guys put their lives on the line and do it of their own free will. It makes it that much more special,” she said of her son’s sacrifice. “(Veterans) deserve something like this.”
Donna Morsovillo, founder of Operation Welcome You Home, makes sure that happens.
Morsovillo’s mission is to provide soldiers with an enthusiastic return home that makes them feel appreciated. Servicemen and women are presented with small gifts and tokens of appreciation from grateful residents across the Fox Valley. They are thrown a party, taken by motorcade, and presented a multi-flag salute upon their arrival.
“There wasn’t a fuss (when we returned),” an older veteran told Scott of his own experience.
“We didn’t remember the most important thing: the men and women who protect our freedom. We remember that now … a grateful nation thanks you.”
Families who wish to welcome their own serviceperson home can request a Welcome You Home mission by visiting, www.welcomeyouhome.org. The organization will also show support by sending off any soldier, sailor, Marine, airman, or Coast Guardsman who is leaving for deployment.
On Saturday night, Vicki beamed with pride as she witnessed the fanfare that had been created for her son.
“This will be one of those memories he won’t forget,” she said.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of moment.”