A group called "Welcome Home Soldiers" travels all over East Texas to greet our returning service members when they get back from their deployments.
The group had two soldiers to welcome home Friday, and First Sergeant Lou Morton had no idea a whole group of family, friends and thankful citizens, like Girl Scout Troop 3433 of Henderson, would be waiting for him when he returned home from Africa Friday afternoon.
He serves full-time in the Texas Army National Guard and he has been in Djibouti since January, providing force protection at Camp Lemonier.
"He's very patriotic," said Morton's mom, Susie Cowan. "He's been a warrior since he was a young boy using my makeup to do camouflage. And that's always been in his blood to be a warrior. So we're very proud of him."
It's a welcome First Sergeant Morton's father, Vietnam veteran Bob Cowan, set up to honor his son's service.
"When I came back from Vietnam, there was no welcome in the United States for Vietnam vets," Cowan said. "It is important to me, very important to me. God first, family second, and this country's third."
And while he never expected or asked for it, First Sergeant Morton said he was grateful for the show of support.
"I think it's really great to have my family and even people here that I don't know come out and show support," he said. "I know that they would do that for all of us if they could. I appreciate that very much."
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