National Guard Troops Finally Come Home

By: Courtney Hayes
By: Courtney Hayes

AFTER A YEAR OF FIGHTING ³
³ IN IRAQ, MORE THAN 200 ³
³ SOLDIERS ARE SAFE IN THEIR ³
³ HOMES WITH THEIR FAMILIES ³
³ TONIGHT. ³
³ BUT THEY DIDN'T GET ³
³ THERE WITHOUT A HEREOS ³
³ HOMECOMING. ³
³ ³
³
³ They arrived in Fort ³
Stewart, Georgia a week ago, ³
³ but today was the day they ³
³ were all waiting for. ³
³ 250 guardsmen from the ³
³ 3rd Battalion, 124th Infantry came home to ³
³ hundreds of supporters in ³
³ Chipley and Panama City. ³
³ Each soldier and ³
family has a story to be ³
told, here are just a few ³
³ we captured today. ³
³ ³
³ It's the first time he's ³
³ set eyes on his ³
³ six month old daughter, ³
³ Specialist Isaac Holmes is ³
³ mesmerized. ³
³: "I'm so glad to be home ³
³ and see my baby and my ³
family and I'm just ready to ³
³ go," Specialist Isaac Holmes says. ³
"Our baby was born while ³
he was gone. We're finally ³
gonna be able to be a family," Cathryn Hornesby says. ³
³ ³
³ 120 troops from ³
³ Chipley's Charlie Company ³
³ and Bonifay's Delta Company ³
were the first to be ³
³ reunited with their families ³
³ shortly after noon. ³
³ It was a homecoming ³
they'll never forget. ³
³ "Today's the best day of ³
my life. Just to be able to ³
³ get back to my daughter," Spc. Cannedy says. ³
"My thoughts are joy and ³
happy. I got my boys back ³
home and I just couldn't be ³
³ more happy for them," Mother of two soldiers Mary Whitman says. ³
³ ³
The emotions were no ³
different in Panama City where a hundred guardsmen ³
³ returned home a little after ³
³ one this afternoon. ³
"We've been waiting for ³
this for 12 ³
months..Actually 13 ³
³ months in the waiting and ³
³ we're glad we're here," Captain Mickey Lyon says. ³
³ "It feels great. A lot of ³
³ things have changed in ³
³ Panama City. It's good," Josh Serian says. ³
³ Change was all around ³
³ these troops as they ³
³ returned today, especially ³
³ in the faces of the young ³
³ ones they left behind a ³
³ year ago. ³
³ "His face is skinner. ³
³ He's taller. Look at him. ³
³ Look how big he is," Spc. Gravely says.


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