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Tearful homecoming for soldiers this holiday season

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Some soldiers from the Army National Guard made it home to Western New York early Thursday morning, just in time for the holidays. The soldiers had been overseas for close to a year. YNN's Kate McGowan shows us the hugs and tears of some happy reunions.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — It was a heartwarming welcome for many families, who have been anxiously awaiting the arrival home of their loved ones. Tears of joy and hugs filled with happiness.

Soldiers with the 27th Infantry Brigade were sent overseas to Kuwait eleven months ago and early Friday morning, they arrived at the Connecticut Street Armory, where loved ones were waiting for their homecoming.

"Oh, it's indescribable. Absolutely," said Specialist Nelson McCullough.

It was an overwhelming emotion for some of the soldiers, who were meeting their newborn babies for the first time.

"Feels great, too good to be true," a soldier exclaimed.

These soldiers join 37 others who returned home from the same mission last week. They all served in Kuwait, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Many were in charge of dozens of security missions throughout the Middle East.

The families of these soldiers said their sacrifices will never be forgotten. And many expressed that they look forward to spending time together and celebrating over the holidays.

One wife joked, "I'll make his favorite food, that's about it."

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