PADUCAH, KY - Today there were tears in the crowd but these were tears of joy because the men and women of Kentucky's 2113th Transportation Company has returned home for Christmas.
The wives, children, husbands, and friends bared the cold weather outside and lined up awaiting buses that held the men and women of the Kentucky national guard. This morning, just a few hours ago, they arrived at the Paducah armory. The company has been at Camp Shelby in Mississippi for 3 weeks now training in preparation for the deployment to Iraq. The military gives the guards men and women the time off but will not provide a means to get home so this homecoming was made possible by the Western Kentucky Masons.
"Everybody should be home for the holidays and most especially these men and women who go away and fight for us." Says Dean Owen with the Western Kentucky Masons
"It's the biggest, best Christmas gift ever that he gets to be here with us and the rest of his family too." Says Emily Nesler, a military wife. Emily says her girls were up extra early this morning ready and waiting for their dad to come home and this was a Christmas they will never forget.
The 21-13th company will go back to camp Shelby on Dec. 29th.