116th welcome home celebration is Saturday

BLACKFOOT — The community of Blackfoot is hosting a welcome home celebration for the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team of the Idaho National Guard from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the parking lot between Wooton Way and Royal Street. There will be a bonfire and free chili, cookies and beverages for all soldiers, their families and community members.
Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue said the event will be very informal to allow the returned soldiers to spend time with family and friends without obligation.
"They've been over there for a year; they've been away from their families," Virtue said. "We want to show them that we recognize their service and their sacrifice."
All community members are invited.
Donations of firewood are needed for the bonfire. Those wanting to donate wood can call City Hall at 785-8600. Pickup is available and nails are not allowed.