Sunday, June 8, 2008

Homecoming: Part 3

There! There it is! The C-130 carrying the soldiers home! Another followed close behind.

As the planes landed, a great cheer rose from all the people lined along the tarmac. Flags flew and signs were held high. My favorite was a sign that said, "Dad! I'm Here!"

The stars and stripes waved proudly from the lead plane, and the WV State flag flew from the following one. What a sight!

The loading bay opened and we could see the soldiers inside. Where was Derek? We strained our eyes to see him.

As the first soldiers disembarked, we were given the signal that we could go to meet them. What a rush as people swarmed forward, every eyes seeking a beloved face.

And then, there he was. Haley saw him before he was even off the plane--one uniform like all the others, but the face--that was her Dad!

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