Family and friends of Captain Stephen Donaldson gathered together at the Cadillac Pub in downtown McKinney on Monday night to celebrate and welcome home their favorite son.
Donaldson, a member of the 3/1 IBCT Military Police Platoon in the U.S. Army, recently returned to his post at Ft. Bliss in El Paso after deployment to Afghanistan.
McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller expressed gratitude to Donaldson during, a welcome-home speech, and he invited the recently returned soldier to attend the next city council meeting in order to receive formal gratitude. The city will award him with a proclamation declaring Stephen Donaldson Day.
Following the mayor's speech, Donaldson thanked those who supported him and his other soldiers during their recent deployment. He challenged those present to not lose sight of the fact that the war continues, and that many of our men and women are still fighting today. He asked that McKinney continue to support the troops.
"A soldier never deploys alone, the community goes with him. It's in different ways that y'all come with us. You will never truly understand how grateful I am for everyone in this room. You pulled me through some hard times with your care packages, through your letters and though your emails," Donaldson said. "I challenge you to stay involved with the war. There are a lot of families and communities who are hoping and praying for a homecoming - keep them in your thoughts."
Donaldson, an Airborne Ranger and Bronze Star recipient, is the son of Brad and Karen Donaldson of McKinney. He is a 2004 graduate of McKinney North High School, and a 2008 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.
Click here to read more about Donaldson and his recent service in Afghanistan.