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Home - Sleepy Eye National Guard Soldiers back from Iraq

Sleepy Eye's Gary Kuebler, left, greeted friend Tom Schumann by the buses in St Peter on Saturday
"They're home!"

The history books will record the First Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division returned to St Peter from Operation Iraqi Freedom on Sat, July 21, and the 125th Field Artillery unit came back to New Ulm on Mon, July 23

Living the history, caught in the moment, the families and friends gathered in St Peter and New Ulm this weekend cared only about one thought: "They're home!"

"Do I hug him here, or do I have to do it back there?" an anxious wife asked a Patriot Guard Rider keeping the families behind a line of fluttery tape

"They'll be here in less than 10 minutes!" a woman on a cell phone cried out to the crowd in New Ulm

At both places, the St Peter Armory and the New Ulm fairgrounds, sirens sounded, crowds surged Buses cornered their way into sight "Welcome Home!" signs and balloons rose with the cheers

And then they were home And then the laughter rose and the tears fell in equal amounts-almost

At both homecomings, the joy halted for a moment to remember those comrades who hadn't made it home unwounded, or alive

And then the command: "Company dismissed!" And the laughter and greetings continued

Two hours later, the canvas bags of luggage were gone, the buildings were empty, the parking lots were deserted

They were home

By Joshua Dixon
Published: Thursday, July 26, 2007 12:04 PM CDT


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