This heartwarming story gives true meaning to the song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

Sgt. Frank Carillo, son-in-law of Palestine realtor Doris Paxton, was given a warm welcome by his family, the media as well as dozens of volunteers upon his arrival from Afghanistan at D/FW Airport on Christmas Eve.

“When Frank and the other soldiers arrived at DFW Airport, the crowd was boisterous, bagpipes were playing, and everyone was cheering,” Paxton said. “The people in line on either side of the soldiers touched them in recognition as they walked by.

“There were a lot of veterans assembled, and it was a pretty patriotic moment,” she added. “After a steak dinner, a Vietnam veteran paid for the dinner for all 10 of our family and friends.”

Sgt. Carillo his wife, Rebecca (Paxton) Carillo and her 3-year-old nephew Wesley Harden, son of Martha Paxton of Palestine, were featured in a photo in the Fort Worth Star Telegram and were interviewed by local television stations as well.

According to Mrs. Paxton, Sgt. Carillo goes back to Afghanistan in early January for another round of duty. Out of the three years the Carillos have been married, Sgt. Carillo has been gone overseas for two.

Local bands to hold benefit concert

Local teen bands “Adrenalyne” and “June in September” will be performing at a benefit concert for the Josh Webb Scholarship Fund from 8 p.m. to midnight tonight at the Texas Theater, located at 213 W. Crawford St. in Palestine.

The concert benefits the scholarship fund that was set up with the remaining funds from a previous concert and donations in memory of Palestine High School student Josh Webb, who was killed in an accident in September 2004.

In 2004, students organized a six-hour concert at the Museum for East Texas Culture to help with the costs of medical and funeral expenses related to Webb’s accident. Four students received scholarships from the memorial fund.

Andrenalyne decided to hold the second concert as a means to replenish the fund and present more scholarships.

Adrenalyne was formed five years ago by PHS students Joseph Hart, the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist, and Matt Zurawski, who plays drums for the band. Other members of the band include PHS junior Gary Liles on lead guitar and Westwood junior John Welch on bass.

Admission for the concert is $5 per person. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed. Concessions will be available.

For more information call Hart at 903-391-4814 or Sandy Webb at 903-729-6370.

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