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05/07/08- Kilgore

Kilgore Welcomes Home 125 Soldiers From Iraq

Holding more than two dozen American flags, nine-year-old Jacob Ramirez is waiting with anticipation for his uncle. "My uncle is coming home from Iraq and I'm so excited. He has been there for six years and it's going to be a big shock to see him," said Ramirez. 

Amy Westbrooke drove from Marshall, Texas and she can't wait to reunite with her only son. "Having my only child away from me has been very hard, but he's coming home and I'll be happy to see him," said Westbrooke.  

The moment Westbrooke and dozens of other loved ones had been waiting for finally came. Three buses, loaded with 125 troops, pulled in front of the Texas Army National Guard Armory.

Families and soldiers were reunited, giving lots of hugs and kisses. 

For Specialist Tony Pipkins, holding his 8-month old daughter Pamela after nearly a year means the world. Pipkins left for Iraq when Pamela was only two weeks old. "It felt like it was going to be forever until I would see Pamela again. So, now that I see her, it feels great," said Pipkins.   

Pamela Wright is just as thankful to see her husband. She drove all the way from Corpus Christi to pick up Sergeant William Wright. 

"The only thing I wanted to do in Iraq is bring my guys home, and I did so that's all that matters to me. We all got to come home in one piece," said Sgt. Wright.  

In one piece and at peace-- all 125 soldiers, where they belong - in the arms of their families.

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting.




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