Soldiers return home from tour
It was an emotional homecoming for about 100 soldiers who have made it back home safely after a 10-month tour overseas. Our Maria Valvanis has the story of their return.
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COLONIE, N.Y. -- Smiles, hugs, and tears of joy filled Albany international airport Sunday night as more than 300 friends and family members welcomed home their heroes.
“The last two weeks were the most stressed, on the way home getting to Point A to here is a long trip,” said Staff Sergeant Joseph Byerwalters.
But the night was bittersweet. As the 90 New York National Guard members were welcomed home by their capital district families, they were also saying ‘goodbye’ to the family they became, serving the past ten months in Afghanistan and Kuwait together.
"We grow as a family together and it's hard to leave them and go back with the other family," said Sergeant Mark Dorsey.
Nonetheless, parents, spouses, and children say nothing is better than finally having their loved ones home, giving a sense of hope, for those still waiting.