Family’s Freedom Fest puts out military welcome mat in Jermyn

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Family’s Freedom Fest puts out military welcome mat in Jermyn

JERMYN – Army National Guard Specialist Ethan Sibio is happy to be home.

Spec. Sibio was deployed as part of the Mobile Reaction Force at Camp Buehring in Kuwait for about nine months with his brother Cody Sibio and cousin Anthony Angeli.

He said it felt “incredible” to return home to Scott Twp. last month.

“There’s no feeling like it,” said Spec. Sibio, 23. “When you’re over there, you’re confined. You don’t have the freedom that we do here, and it’s like being introduced to it all over again. You really get to understand what you’re fighting for.”

Sunday’s Freedom Fest: A Salute to America’s Finest hosted by Mountain Sky welcomed not only the Sibio brothers and Mr. Angeli home, but also other servicemen.

The trio’s family organized the event, which raised money for Friends of the Fallen. The fundraising target was $1,000.

A ceremony and the national anthem welcomed servicemen home to start the day off, and the festivities that followed included music, food, bake sales and basket raffles.

Cody Sibio, 24, noting he was “a little rusty” on the guitar, played with the band Drive, which covered bands ranging from Led Zeppelin to Sublime.

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