By Alexa Ball
The first group of Minnesota National Guard soliders returned home Sunday, according to the Star Tribune.
215 soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, 1st Brigade Combat Team returned to St. Paul the National Guard said, according to the Pioneer Press.
The public is invited to welcome all of the troops who will be returning over the next few weeks, the Pioneer Press said.
"We are very proud of the brigade's accomplishments in supporting the final phase of the Iraq War during Operation New Dawn," Army Lt. Col. Rick Schute said. "We welcome and encourage the public to attend these initial reunions. It means a lot to soldiers and their families when they see the community gather to welcome them home," according to the Pioneer Press.
The soldiers will be carried on buses on routes throughout the state and will stop at armories, including Pine City, Cloquet, Duluth, Hutchinson, Redwood Falls Anoka, St. Cloud, Brainerd, and Bloomington, the Star Tribune said.