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City welcomes National Guard home

City welcomes National Guard home
By: Erica Byfield

UNION CITY, Tn. - Family and friends in the volunteer state welcomed home some of the heartland's volunteer heroes.  More than 100 soldiers with the 913th Army National Guard rolled into town with a bang.

"It was like this when we left," mentioned recently dismissed solider David Green. But this time around there's one huge difference, they were greeted by tears of happiness rather than sorrow. "It's the best feeling I've ever had in my life," said Sergeant Linn Jones.

A motorcade of three buses, nearly fifty patriot guard riders, and scores of law enforcement leaders let their sirens and flashing light usher in the troops after 11 months fighting the war on terrorism.

"I loved it; I loved every bit of it.  I'm proud of this city and this county," said Bobby Griffey.

Sergeant Girffey's family even showed up in style in patriotic shirts with his face and name in red, white and blue.

Meanwhile, amongst the hugs, kisses and handshakes one thing was for sure these family and friends were more than thrilled to welcome the 913th back to the volunteer state.

"It's been a lone, long year," said Jones wife Allison. "It's wonderful to have him home again it's so exciting," said Griffey's wife mentioned.

One soldier told me words can't express what it means to be home, but if you look in their eyes you'll see excitement and relief after a tour of duty. The 913th did loose one soldier while in Iraq, 23-year-old Dustin Laird of Martin, Tennessee died in August when a homemade bomb went off near the humvee he was driving.

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