Soldiers Return to Cheering Crowd

By: Doug Korstanje
By: Doug Korstanje

An emotional homecoming Monday for a 150 families who've had a loved one in Iraq for the past year.

Members of the 1257 Transportation Company returned to Huntington Monday morning, ending their active duty service in Iraq.

The National Guard troops arrived on Virginia Avenue to the cheers of family and friends..

These troops have missed so many important moments with their families, including the past Thanksgiving and Christmas.

So you can imagine the emotion and anticipation of the families who lined up for the arrival of these men and women back in Huntington.

It was just about this time last year that the company arrived in Iraq to begin their service.

Monday they were making up for that lost time with their families, with more hugs than words in those first moments together.

The troops were mobilized in September of last year and they'll soon be released from active duty.

So many of them talked about getting to spend the upcoming holidays with family.

Many spent last Christmas talking to each other over the internet.

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