Fort Drum Soldiers Welcomed Home From Afghanistan
The bleachers were filled with hundreds of wives, husbands, parents and babies - all waiting for the doors to open and their heroes to come marching in.
Mary Galvan was one of the wives.
Her husband, Specialist Michael Galvan, deployed when their baby was only six weeks old.
They stayed in touch on Facebook and through Skyping.
"I tell him every move that he makes - when he crawls, when he talks
Fort Drum Garrison Commander Colonel Gary Rosenberg warmed up the crowd.
He said with this return of 300 troops, 900 are now back from Afghanistan, where the mission was to train the Afghan National Security Forces.
The speech lasted one minute.
The anthems went another couple of minutes.
Then the doors opened up and the soldiers were reunited with their loved ones.
"It feels really good to be home," said Michael Galvan.
Now that the tour is over, the soldiers are ordered to not try to pack the next few days with everything they missed the last nine months.