Marines From Hard Hit Company To Return Home

(AP) - People in Cleveland, Columbus, Akron and other cities where companies of a hard-hit Marine Corps battalion are based plan celebrations tomorrow and Friday to welcome the troops home from Iraq.

Mayor Mark Elliott in the Cleveland suburb of Brook Park invited everyone to help roll out the red carpet tomorrow for about 160 members of the headquarters unit of the Third Battalion, 25th Marines.

Forty-eight members of the battalion were killed in Iraq and more than 150 were wounded.

The troops are scheduled to arrive Thursday afternoon at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. People can welcome them on a parade route from the airport to the Brook Park Recreation Center.

Marines and sailors stationed in Akron and Columbus are arriving home on Friday morning.