Soldier gets a warm welcome

Rhawn­hurst res­id­ents re­cently wel­comed neigh­bor A.J. Lo­gan home from a tour in Afgh­anistan.

About 200 people turned out at the fam­ily home on Sum­mer­dale Av­en­ue.

Lo­gan, a spe­cial­ist in the U.S. Army, ar­rived home via es­cort from the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment and War­ri­ors’ Watch Riders. The Phil­adelphia Fire De­part­ment Foam 18 truck flashed its lights and turned on its siren to in­dic­ate his ar­rival.

A disc jockey played The Star-Spangled Ban­ner, pat­ri­ot­ic mu­sic and the Eagles’ fight song. The Great­er Kens­ing­ton String Band en­ter­tained the crowd, which had plenty to eat and drink.

Neigh­bors waved Amer­ic­an flags and joined in a chant of “A.J.” The home was dec­or­ated with red, white and blue bal­loons, and people held signs with mes­sages such as, “Wel­come Home Spc. A.J. Lo­gan. My Neigh­bor. My Hero.”

State Rep. John Sabat­ina Jr. presen­ted Lo­gan with a Pennsylvania House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives pro­clam­a­tion. ••

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