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Oswego Soldier Welcomed Home from Tour in Kuwait

Sep 27, 2015 03:35PM ● By Steven Jack

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Matthew Van Dyke is welcomed home Sunday afternoon after a year of duty in Kuwait.

A home in downtown Oswego was the scene Sunday afternoon of a patriotic welcome-home for U.S. Army 1st Lt. Matthew Van Dyke.

Local military support group Operation Welcome You Home organized the celebration for Van Dyke, who recently returned from a one-year deployment to Kuwait. The group surprised Van Dyke at his family's downtown home.

A large parade of veteran motorcycle riders and emergency vehicles from the Oswego and Yorkville Police, Oswego Fire and Bristol-Kendall and the Kendall County Sheriff's departments then escorted Van Dyke and his family to his grandmother's house in Yorkville for a welcome-home party. Residents throughout downtown Oswego lined the streets and cheered on the parade as it made its way through town. 

Van Dyke is a 2009 graduate of Oswego High School and went on to graduate cum laude from Olivet Nazarene University with degrees in political science and communications. 

Van Dyke is currently stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. His parents are Randy and Lori Van Dyke, and he has two siblings, Mari and Zack. 


Soldier's speech at Welcome Home today.

Posted by Rob Lacho on Sunday, September 27, 2015