Approximately two hundred people gathered at town square in Williams on Saturday October 6th in anticipation of welcoming home Sgt. Alejandro Jauregui . Alex, as he referred to by his friends, was injured on Easter Sunday in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED. As a result he lost both his legs as well as some of his fingertips, and 70 percent of his hearing in his left ear. After being airlifted to Germany to be stabilized he was sent to Walter Reed Hospital after many surgeries he was fitted for prosthetic legs and has been receiving extensive physical therapy.
As the time drew near for Alex’s arrival, the Williams Volunteer Fire Department unfurled a giant American flag from the department’s ladder truck and members of the local VFW in Maxwell and Veterans of the Viet Nam and Korean War were on hand and stood at attention and saluted him as he arrived.
Jauregui, who was a 2003 graduate of Williams High School, served two tours of Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan, was overwhelmed by the out pouring of love and support as he arrived into town. Hugs were given and tears of happiness flowed as Alex stepped up to the line of Veterans, shook their hands and thanked them for their service.
Andi Armstrong, president of the Citizens for a Better Williams took on the task of organizing the homecoming and with three days notice, managed to notify local agencies and coordinate the event. “When you are working with the Army, you receive very little notice and this homecoming was no exception.” Alex is here with his wife Isa and their
three children who have been with him during his recovery. They will visit with family until the sixteenth of October when they will return to Walter Reed for
more physical therapy. ■