It started to rain on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 4 in Zimmerman at the home of retired Minnesota Army National Guard Master Sgt. Launette Figliuzzi. Figliuzzi was being discharged from the Minneapolis VA Medical Center after suffering a spinal stroke on Friday, May 29. She was expecting a normal ride home to Zimmerman. What happened when she arrived was extraordinary.

Figliuzzi and her husband Tom arrived home to a hero’s parade complete with a motorcycle brigade and patriotic American decorations on cars and trucks. When they approached their driveway, the clouds parted and the sun shone radiantly as family members cheered. Master Sgt. Figliuzzi was in tears of joy and disbelief.

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