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OXFORD CT.-17 DECEMBER  2010 121610DA01-Oxford High School students and faculty including teacher Steve Barrone, left, gathered in the auditorium to welcome home Michael Forcucci, right, a teacher who is returning to school Friday  after being deployed to Afghanistan last year. Spc. Forcucci, a member of the 1st Battalion - 102nd Infantry Regiment of the Connecticut Army National Guard, holds a crucifix that was given to him by former principle of the school, Frank Samuelson, a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Southbury and was carried through Forcucci's deployment in Afghanistan. The crucifix which was blessed in Jerusalem and will be returned to Sacred Heart Church so it can be passed on to a future service member. <br />
Darlene Douty Republican American