Sara Jury and Aaron Lordeman announced their engagement at a recent barbecue celebrating their safe return from a tour of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps.

They will be married in early January in Yuma, Ariz.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Kitty and Walter Jury. She was raised in the Keating Valley, and graduated from Baker High School in 2005. She joined the Marines in the summer of 2005, and is stationed at Yuma, Ariz.

Lordeman was raised in Moorhead, Minn., where he also graduated from high school. He is also stationed at Yuma with the Marines.

After the wedding, the couple will continue to live at Yuma while serving out the rest of their enlistments in the military.