Residents lined up on Central Avenue in Lake Station, Indiana, waiting for their soldiers who at last were coming home.
Loved ones have been counting the seconds -- 460,560 of them -- since the soldiers left for Afghanistan on October 5 when the Army Reserve's 656th Transportation Company out of Hobart. The 70 men and nine women from Northwest Indiana and the Chicago area were away almost eleven months. And nothing says welcome home like love.
"I can't mention it. It's unbelievable. It's been a long wait and it's good to have my kids and wife back," said Christopher Scrozewski.
"Feels good," said Cpl. Justin Moore. "Missed my wife of course."
Specialist Edward Williams was greeted by his mother who planned on cooking his favorite meal.
"His favorite is chicken, but maybe also some macaroni and cheese," said Louise Collins, Miller's mom.
E4 Felix Duron held his son, Felix III, for the very first time.
"He is perfect," Duron said.