Wyandanch residents honor hometown Purple Heart recipient

(12/01/05) WYANDANCH The VFW Post 361 in Wyandanch held a welcome home ceremony Thursday for a hometown soldier wounded in Afghanistan.

Army Sergeant Anthony Joyner sustained wounds to his face, wrist and jaw after his convoy hit a roadside bomb in August. The soldier was awarded a Purple Heart for his bravery. VFW members at the ceremony, who called Joyner a true patriot, gave the sergeant certificates and an American flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol.

Despite his injuries, Joyner says he still believes in the Army and all the opportunities it offers young people. Shortly after his return in November, Joyner visited Wyandanch High School to tell students about the positive aspects of Army life. Joyner hopes to one day become an Army recruiter on Long Island.

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