Gagne was injured in Iraq while serving with the 46th Military Police Company.He
suffered the loss of a leg and facial injuries after the Army Humvee he
was riding in struck a mine in January 2007.
, a 19-year-old soldier from Wilson, returned home for the first time since a January attack on his
Humvee in Baghdad left him gravely injured.Gagne
suffered the loss of the lower half of his
right leg, the front section of his
left foot and a detached retina, along with other injuries.He
has been at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center
in Washington, D.C. since shortly after the attack, where he
was fitted for a prosthetic leg and completed other rehabilitation.
"(It's) to honor Derek
patriotism and sacrifice for the country," she
said."It's been a long road for him."Gagne was recently elected to become a full member of the community.
"I'm just so proud of him," Anna Larson said from the junction of U.S. 2 and Hannahville Road where the group met Gagne
...The traffic-blocking celebration lasted only about 10 minutes but was matched by other visits at the medical center in Hannahville and at North Central High School in Powers, where Gagne graduated in 2005.
Several current members of the team were also on the team with Gagne
when they won the U.P. championship in 2005.
will be on leave for 30 days.Other events are being planned by the Hannahville community in honor of his