LONG LAKE—Delayed plans to welcome home a wounded warrior from Tipler have been rescheduled and will be taking place on Saturday, June 14.
Marine Corps Corp. Randy Smith, 23, was injured while serving in Afghanistan last August. He will be welcomed back home with a reception at the Long Lake Town Hall, starting at 2 p.m.
A Patriot Guard run will escort Smith back home from the Midtown Mall in Iron Mountain through Florence to the Long Lake Town Hall. He is a member of the Long Lake department.
After a reception and dinner at the hall, events shift to Knotheads Bar in Tipler starting about 6:30 p.m. for a dance. Kindred will perform.
Smith was injured on Aug. 17, 2013, in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. He was a passenger in a wrecker, part of a 28-vehicle convoy, when a remote-controlled roadside bomb was detonated.
Since then, he has been recovering from his injuries and undergoing therapy. He has been awarded the Purple Heart and is part of the Wounded Warrior program at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
This will be his first trip home since getting injured. He was originally scheduled to return home in early March, but those plans had to be put on hold when his leave was canceled.
After graduating from Florence High School in 2010, Smith worked at the Northeastern Products plant in Caspian before joining the Marines in 2011.