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Soldiers receive a hero's welcome home in Kilgore

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A couple reunites at last, surrounded by friends and family. A couple reunites at last, surrounded by friends and family.

Many of these men and women have been waiting nearly a year. We’re talking about the families of the soldiers of B Company, 3rd Battalion, 144th Infantry out of Kilgore. Over a hundred of them returned today from Afghanistan, giving many families a Valentine's Day to remember.

We were there as hundreds of friends and family waited to give them the hero’s welcome they deserved. The wait ended the way you would expect: with lots of hugging, but the waiting was excruciating for some like Meagan Youngquist.

She’s been missing her husband, Staff Sergeant Andrew Youngquist since last May.

“It’s been a long time. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I’m really proud of him. I’m proud of all of these guys. I think that they do a really great thing. I’m really proud of the families that have sacrificed so much over the last year, staying behind these guys. We’re ready to have them home,” Meagan said.

Lachelle Robinson is ready for their return too. Her husband Rodney Robinson is the Captain of Bravo Company.

“I’m so glad that they are all coming home. He left with a full team and they came back with a full team, and you can’t ask for a better mission than that,” Robinson said.

It wasn’t long before the full team arrived, Patriot Riders leading the way. Families and The Welcome Home Soldier group showed their appreciation. For Megan, it was the best Valentine she could ask for. Nine months of waiting were over. They’ve been married three and a half years, and two years of that have been spent apart. Sgt. Youngquist summed it up succinctly.

“It feels great to be home,” he said.

The Robinsons found each other quickly, and Captain Robinson was impressed by the reception.

“This welcome home ceremony this big? It was definitely a surprise. I was not expecting it. The City of Kilgore definitely went all out, and I’m very proud and honored. I’m proud to serve this community. Thank you City of Kilgore, job well done,” Captain Robinson said.

East Texas did not disappoint this band of heroes.

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