Evanston welcomes home a local Army Ranger

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:13:17 AM. Evanston held a homecoming event for a U.S. Army Sergeant who recently returned from a tour in Iraq.

Evanston recently celebrated the homecoming of U.S. Army Sergeant Aron Wagner, following his tour of duty in Iraq.

Wagner, who has served in the Army since enlisting in 2014, arrived back in Evanston Oct. 29 to a warm community welcome.

Representatives from the American Legion in Evanston, Warriors' Watch Riders and National volunteer organization A Hero's Welcome helped to coordinate the welcoming event, which took place at the American Legion Evanston Post 42 in the north suburb.

"It's also important for the community to understand the sacrifices that our men and women make on their behalf," said Maria Hyland of Philadelphia-based A Hero's Welcome. "Being deployed and being away from home is a strain."

Wagner was born in Evanston. His father and stepmother, as well as his mother, are residents of the city, Evanston officials said in an announcement of the homecoming event. Officials said he qualified for and completed Army Ranger training before being deployed to Iraq.

Wagner was sent to Iraq in early 2017 and is currently a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. He had been stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., officials said in the announcement.

"Aron is very humble and will be the first to tell you that neither he nor anyone in his unit serve in order to get accolades," his father, Jeff Wagner, said.

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