Soldier welcomed home in Collingswood

February 6, 2009 8:46:08 PM PST
One soldier has already returned to his family and community in Collingswood, New Jersey.About 50 friends, family and others lined Lees Avenue with flags in hand to welcome home Chief Warrant Officer Paul Ciervo, Jr. The Collingswood High School graduate was a pilot in the US Army.

The welcome home celebration was organized by the Yellow Ribbon Club, a non-profit committed to our troops.

The show of support touched the 27-year-old.

"Very surprising, very overwhelming, it's hard to be not emotional right now, it's very excited to be home," C.W.O. Ciervo Jr. said.

It's been a difficult year for his family, especially sister Cari Koss.

"I'm just really proud he went away and sacrificed for our country," Cari said.

"It was nerve-wracking, but my prayers got me through it and support of family and friends," mother Joy Ciervo said.

Serving our country is a family affair for the Ciervos.

Dad served in Vietnam.

"My father is retired Army, so it was easy to follow in his footsteps and he was a pilot, as well," C.W.O. Ciervo Jr. said.

"It brings tears to my eyes, I'm trying to hold it back now, but just having him home and safe, you put it off, and emotions are starting to catch up," father Paul Ciervo said.

Paul says he doesn't know what his future holds, but he believes flying is in it, but for now, he says he's going to go where the wind blows.

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