OWOSSO, Mich. (WLNS) - Families were filled with tears of joy as many Mid-Michigan soldiers returned home after a 9 month long tour of duty in Afghanistan.
More than 150 solider's from the Michigan Army National Guard, 144th Military Police Company arrived at Owosso High School's gymnasium and were greeted by dozens of family members.
The place was filled with dozens of families, American flags and posters saying "welcome home"
Lansing resident Lindsey Turner's emotions were at an all time high as she waited for her husband to arrive through the doors.
"I just want to cry because I'm just filled with excitement knowing that this is coming to an end finally," said Turner.
When the time finally came, solider's were greeted with cheers and tears of joy.
"It feels good to be home, it feels good to be back with my wife, my family, my friends," said Staff Sergeant Edward Turner.
Many cried and hugged their loved ones as they were finally reunited.
"It was pretty emotional walking into the gym with the music and everybody clapping and everybody anxious to see us," said Captain John VanDusen, Michigan Army National Guard.
And although many agree that the time away was hard, the tears of joy and tightly-squeezed hugs help erase the memory of separation.
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