POSTED: Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 9:32am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 1:10pm
Crowds of loved ones held up signs, flags and snapped photos of their heroes coming back home after serving overseas in the war.
150 soldiers from the Valley arrived at Valley International Airport early Friday morning and then heading to Weslaco's First Baptist Church to reunite with family and friends who were waiting for their arrival. The Martinez family had to say good-bye to 19 year-old Jesse nine months ago as he was deployed to Iraq. Jesse did like what he did in Iraq, but says there's nothing like being back home.
The Escamilla family was waiting for father and husband, Miguel, who left his wife and two children in the Valley as he served in a combat mission in Iraq. Miguel's wife couldn't hold back tears after seeing her husband back safe and sound and the months apart took a toll on her and the kids.