Fort Stewart soldiers celebrate return home

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

FORT STEWART, GA (WTOC) - The wait is over for some Fort Stewart soldiers and their families.

The soldiers part of the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team were reunited Monday morning during a special ceremony, after their return was delayed.

With hands clapping and flags waving, it was a celebration as Fort Stewart families waited anxiously for their loved ones to return from Iraq.

Rebecca Burns and her three daughters knew what they are going to do once they see their soldier return.

"Scream, run and jump," said Burns.

They have had much time to plan, after the heroes welcome was pushed back from 8:00 pm to Sunday.

"They were scheduled to come home last night, then rescheduled this morning," said Leland Leman.

Leman says it was well worth the wait, and he couldn't be more proud of his son.

"I think it has been the best thing he has ever done," said Leman. "I hate to see so many soldiers in Afghanistan, but I'm glad that they are getting out of Iraq."

The children can't wait to see their fathers and mothers return home.

"Hurry up dad," they shouted.

As the busses arrived the families are given their commands.

"When you hear me say, 'go out,' you should be attacking," said the announcer.

The soldiers began their march across Cottrell field, tears began to pour out of their loved ones eyes.

After a brief ceremony, the families quickly break the formation with hugs and screams.

Burns waves us over after she is reunited with her husband, who is excited to rejoin the family.

"I am ready to spend good quality time together and get to know each other all over again," said Steve Burns with the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

Staff Sgt. Terrance Moss was deployed with his wife, but he says it didn't make it any easier.

"We were on different missions, she was on the FOB a lot and I was on the road," said Staff Sgt. Moss. "It was different missions and very challenging on both sides."

They made it home safely and Moss's mother hopes all of the heroes in Iraq will be reunited with their loved ones.

"I'm happy because that is what he loves," said Martha Moss. "I pray all the rest of the guys come home safe."

More Fort Stewart soldiers are expected to return later this week.

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