Soldier receives surprise hometown greeting upon return from Afghanistan

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Photo: Litsa Pappas/Fox 25 Boston

Dozens lined a bridge into a Massachusetts town Saturday to surprise a U.S. Army soldier who returned home from a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

Beau Schlichting arrived home in Winthrop with a police escort and those who turned out to greet him were holding American flags and signs of support.

Beau's mother Holly Schlichting told Fox 25 Boston that the greeting was overwhelming.

"Very overwhelming and very surprising because it is cold and people are very busy, so I’m really proud that all of our friends and family came out to support us," she said. "We have a great community here.”

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