Bryan community welcomes home Ohio guardsman

BRYAN, OH (Toledo News Now) – The Bryan community is welcoming home Specialist Austin Weigle, an Ohio guardsman who was injured in the suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan that killed 3 other soldiers from the Ohio National Guard's 37th infantry brigade combat team on April 4.

Specialist Weigle, 20, will be escorted home by the Williams County Sheriff's Department, along with two motorcycle companies that will be providing a motorcade for the event, and the Bryan community is anxious to welcome him home.

The community has put up signs and is lining the streets to thank Weigle for his service.

"I think the community's been looking forward to his return, probably immediately after they heard he was injured. And, his recovery, not being in Bryan and not having them able to assist in any way. The anxiety definitely has built over the last 25 days, or whatever its been." said Mike Strahle.

Weigle is making his way home from the Walter Reed Medical hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

"It's just kinda weird, everyone coming up to us, at like the grocery store, at school just like asking when's he going to be home, how is he - I mean I don't really know how to respond." said Sydny Weigle.

His sister Taylor is nothing short of proud of him:

"It's hard to put into words other than saying, I just feel more than honored to call him my brother."

The welcome home ceremony is expected to have an overwhelming crowd.

"To see such a show of support, in the physical, not just thank you's, or not just thoughts and prayers people showing up - I just expect it to be, I have such high expectations of tomorrow, and I know that they're going to get shattered, it's going to be great." said Strahle.

The parade is set for Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. The motorcade will be driving from the Bryan City Building to the high school.

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