A Central Illinois soldier is finally coming home. Captain Joseph S. Smith served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and was shot down over Cambodia on April 4, 1971. His body was recovered 46 years later in May. This Saturday, he will finally return to his hometown of Assumption.
Smith’s childhood friend Pat Weger says she hopes the public will come out to show their gratitude for an American hero.
The motorcade will come down 51 from Moweaqua to Assumption where it will turn right at East 1300 North Road. There will be an immediate left onto Business Route 51 and will proceed south on that road into Assumption. While going through the town, the motorcade will turn right onto Second Street where it will proceed to Seitz Funeral Home at the corner of Second and Walnut.
Anyone who would like to line the motorcade route is welcome to come and show their support. The motorcade is scheduled to start on Saturday at around 4 p.m.