GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Army reservists of the 7242nd Installation Medical Support Unit were honored in a Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen Ceremony Saturday afternoon. It's the first time the unit has received such a ceremony. Soldiers received an encased American flag, a Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen flag and an army reserve soldier coin.
"It was pretty exciting cause I've never had an award like this. I was pretty proud," says Staff Sergeant Justin Pierce.
Congressman Gene Taylor stopped by the ceremony to show his appreciation for the soldiers' service, soldiers like Master Sergeant Rosie McNair who's served for 20 years.
"I would think that one day my granddaughter will join the military and be as proud to serve as I have been," says McNair.
"I think today's ceremony is a good example of how we need to always remember our soldiers that not only made it back but those who didn't make it back," says Lt. Colonel Jimmy Paulk, 7242nd IMSU.
The ceremony also recognized the families of the soldiers with a lapel pin.
Organizers say they would like to do the ceremony again. They say it would have to be every two years since soldiers generally serve six to 18 month tours of duty.