Today we welcome home to our neighborhood a brave young hero that grew up a few houses away that we’ve never met, but who’s sacrifice we will never forget. Steven Kiernan lost his left foot and right leg below the knee in a bomb blast in Falluja on May 4 after being in Iraq less than a month. He was an honor student and enrolled in the Marines in 2005 when he was 17, after fulfilling his high school requirements early. He finished boot camp just in time to return home and participate in his graduation at Petaluma High. After his hospitalization at Walter Reed in Washington, D.C. he now lives at an outpatient facility in D.C. He has been working with his new prosthetics and as I’ve read, didn’t want to return home until he was walking again. His family has been busy installing wheelchair ramps around their home in time for his return.
The kids made a welcome home banner to hang along the pasture fence to greet the hero returning today who sacrificed so much for our family and our country. Saturday will be the neighborhood welcome home party and I look forward to finally meeting him and thanking him myself.
If you would like to leave a message for Steven, I will be sure he receives it. Thank you.
Steven’s return was the front page article today in our paper. Click HERE to read.