Local Soldier Back Home Safe

By: Gary Parker Email
By: Gary Parker Email

A local soldier gets a hero's welcome home. U.S. Army Corporal Corey Lewis served in Afghanistan for several months.

Now on leave, Corporal Lewis gets a kiss from his mother Louann Lewis as he walks through the terminal at Tallahassee Regional Airport.

He then shook hands with Patriot Guard Riders, veterans welcoming Corporal Lewis home with a line of American flags.

"It's good to be home," Corporal Lewis said. "I hate mountains, I hate climbing up mountains, I hate rocks, I hate dust."

Corporal Lewis had been serving in Afghanistan since November.
Both his parents are Vietnam Veterans and are relieved to have him home.

"Thank God that he's home, and he's safe, and he's whole," his mother Louann Lewis said.

"I'm glad that he's back," his father Ray Lewis said. "He doesn't have to dodge bullets anymore, I mean, we've seen clips of him on the Internet. I'm just glad he's back and not being shot at."

The Patriot Guard Riders then escorted the soldier and his family back home; a sign of thanks for his bravery in serving our country.

"They're a bunch of good guys and gals, so more power to them," Corporal Lewis said. "I think it's for more fitting people than myself, but it is what it is."

Corporal Lewis will enjoy three weeks of vacation here at home before continuing to serve the Army at a new duty station at Fort Lewis in Washington State.

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