Home for the holidays
LES celebrates yet another soldier’s return from duty
While schoolchildren were ushering in the holidays with winter parties inside their classrooms, festivities also were taking place on the lawn outside Lansing Elementary School.
Students observed Army Staff Sgt. Chad Pappas' return to Lansing by cheering him on Thursday, Dec. 21, as he cut down a yellow ribbon hung in his honor by his stepson, Dylan Lash, now a fourth-grader at Lansing Intermediate School.
Pappas returned to the United States on Dec. 9 after a year of conducting detention operations with the 525th Military Police Battalion in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
He is the fourth parent to cut down a yellow ribbon, signifying a safe return from the war on terrorism, in the past month.