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How you can help welcome a hero home this week
SSG Adam Stahlbusch
SSG Adam Stahlbusch. - photo by For the Dawson County News

A family is asking that businesses and individuals help welcome a local military member home this week. 

SSG Adam Stahlbusch is returning home from a nine month tour in Afghanistan in a few days. He was born and raised in Dawsonville and graduated from Dawson County High School. 

His sister, Rebekah, and mother, Deborah Damiano, asked the members of the Facebook group “Focus on Dawson” if any of them would post a sign welcoming SSG Stahlbusch home and it spread like wildfire. 

Chick-fil-A, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, McEver Signs, Starbucks and many other small businesses have already begun putting up signs in Dawson County. 

SSG Stahlbusch is set to return home sometime between Oct. 5-11, but an exact date and time has not been released by the military, Damiano said. 

Those wishing to participate in the homecoming are asked to have their signs on display beginning Oct. 4 until the end of the week, Damiano said. 

Handmade signs welcoming SSG Stahlbusch home are perfect. McEver Signs is making 18x24 inch signs that will be available for $13. Those wishing to purchase a sign are encouraged to call ahead to order. 

Damiano said the plan is to create a route on Hwy. 53, Dawson Forest Road and Ga. 400 to show SSG Stahlbusch the signs on display. 

“We are grateful for each business and individual who celebrates our military. The heart of our county toward our military is unsurpassable,” Damiano said. “I would like to start this project for every military man or woman who comes home.”