Soldiers come home for the holidays

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 3:32pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 6:29pm

Military families have lots to be thankful for Wednesday as they welcome home a group of soldiers from Afghanistan.

About 120 Louisiana National Guard soldiers arrived back to the Bayou State after a year overseas. The soldiers, headquartered in Carville, were deployed to Afghanistan last year for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Wednesday, they were reunited with their families and friends at the Gillis W. Long Center. Many say they’ve been waiting for this day since they left.

“I catch a glimpse of them, and all I want to do is go straight to them,” says soldier, Gary Whipple on seeing his children when he gets off the bus.

“It’s a wonderful time to be grateful and thankful for all that God does in our lives, but to have daddy home with them is the greatest gift of all,” says Holly Mayers.

All the soldiers were headed to different parts of the state, saying they’re just looking forward to relaxing with their families.

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