Several Brazos Valley families are celebrating after they welcomed home 14 area soldiers from their deployment to Afghanistan.
Family and friends who greeted the members of the 420th Engineer Brigade Monday afternoon had been waiting for this moment for almost a year.
"He's doing what he wants to do, and I've always told him to follow his heart," Mary Ann Russell, the mother of a soldier, said.
"We sent them off, now we're here to welcome them home," Gerry Hince with the American Legion Post 159 said.
"We appreciate what they did, that their families know we appreciate what they did," John Hince with the American Legion Post 159 said.
Those in attendance anxiously waited for the soldier's arrival-- a moment that couldn't come soon enough.
Parents reunited with their children; mothers with their sons and spouses together again. A warm welcome for a few of the nation's bravest
"Just good to be home, real good to be home," soldier Christopher Jadlowski said.
"It's just good to be back, be back with the family. I've just been gone a long time," soldier Alex Tran said.
The Bryan based company deployed last March, completing a year long tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Those who welcomed them home wanted to say thanks.
"Thank you and welcome home," Gerry Hince said. "You've done a good job and we're proud of you."
And they let them know that their service will never be forgotten.
"We won't forget them," John Hince said. "We won't forget them at all."
When they left for the Middle East, 132 troops made-up the 420th and while there, two were injured, but the rest are all returning home safely.