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Bands, veterans groups act as house-warming party

  • Marine Sergeant Joshua Bouchard, center, is greeted by his mother Mary Ann Hafford of CT, left, during a parade leading to Sgt Bouchard's new home in Granby on January 12, 2013. Homes for Our Troops and A. Crane Construction partnered together to build the home after Bouchard was badly injured in Afghanistan in 2009.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Marine Sergeant Joshua Bouchard, center, is greeted by his mother Mary Ann Hafford of CT, left, during a parade leading to Sgt Bouchard's new home in Granby on January 12, 2013. Homes for Our Troops and A. Crane Construction partnered together to build the home after Bouchard was badly injured in Afghanistan in 2009.

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  • Marine Sergeant Joshua Bouchard sheds tears of happiness while being interviewed by Channel 3 News inside his new home on January 12, 2013. Homes for Our Troops and A. Crane Construction partnered together to build the home after Bouchard was badly injured in Afghanistan in 2009.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Marine Sergeant Joshua Bouchard sheds tears of happiness while being interviewed by Channel 3 News inside his new home on January 12, 2013. Homes for Our Troops and A. Crane Construction partnered together to build the home after Bouchard was badly injured in Afghanistan in 2009.

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  • Marine Sergeant Joshua Bouchard, center, is greeted by his mother Mary Ann Hafford of CT, left, during a parade leading to Sgt Bouchard's new home in Granby on January 12, 2013. Homes for Our Troops and A. Crane Construction partnered together to build the home after Bouchard was badly injured in Afghanistan in 2009.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Marine Sergeant Joshua Bouchard sheds tears of happiness while being interviewed by Channel 3 News inside his new home on January 12, 2013. Homes for Our Troops and A. Crane Construction partnered together to build the home after Bouchard was badly injured in Afghanistan in 2009.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

Bouchard arrived at his new Chicopee Street home in a motorcade that included local and state police cars, a Granby fire engine and members of the Patriot Guard Riders.

Members of the Holyoke Caledonian Pipe Band, Quaboag Highlanders and Melha Highlanders played “Tunes of Glory” and the U.S. Marine Corps anthem as Bouchard wheeled down the curved driveway, lined with military veterans holding American flgas.

Members of American Legion posts 338 of Southwick and 293 of East Longmeadow attendend, along with Chester Papineau from the Department of Veterans Affairs in Northampton.

Vietnam Veterans of Western Massachusetts Chapter 111, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 92 of Florence, and the Western Massachusetts Military Order of Purple Hearts Chapter 875 also attended. Representatives from several chapters of the Marine Corps League formed an honor guard.

Before entering his new home, Bouchard raised an American flag on the flagpole in front of his new home, assisted by members of Boy Scout Troop 306 and Venture Crew 304, along with Cub Scout Pack 34, all of Granby.

All the Scouts raised funds for the flag and flagpole, assisted by Cub Scout Pack 23 of Taunton, according to Tammy Bibeau of Granby, Venture Crew adviser.

“This is my school bus route,” Bibeau said. “When I saw (volunteer builders) putting up the Homes for Our Troops sign, I thought this was a good project for our Scouts.”

— ETTA WALSH

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GRANBY — Marine Sgt. Joshua Bouchard, who uses a wheelchair for mobility after being seriously injured fighting in Afghanistan, rolled down the curved driveway to his new 2,600-square-foot home on Saturday amid cheers and heartfelt “thank yous” from nearly 300 family members, friends and volunteers who made the day possible. Choking with emotion, the 29-year-old Bouchard called the new home, …

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