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04/09/04

There Is No Place Like Home

With the American flag blowing calmly in the wind, hundreds of people are sitting on pins and needles waiting for the return of their loved ones.

After a regular six month deployment to Guam, nearly two hundred troops are returning home to family members and friends.

Jennifer LeBlanc is waiting on her husband Michael, who will soon retire after 20 years of service. So she can't wait to have him home for good.

"He's a great man. I missed him. He's been gone since December 1st - missed Christmas, our anniversary, my birthday, Valentine's Day, so I'm ready for him to come home," said LeBlanc.

Six-year old Carrie Moore is just as anxious. Her mother will be returning as well.

"She's my mom and I'm proud of her because she's watching over the country," said Moore.

And at 1:30 Friday morning, everyone saw what they have been waiting to see for months - their own personal heroes.

Carrie was reunited with her mom, and they were torn between what they were going to do next.

" I was gonna say sleep but I guess we're staying up late," said Tamara Moore.

Chad Evans had the same dilemma with his daughters.

But no matter how they all choose to celebrate, one thing is clear - there's no place like home.

The other half of the group that returned this morning is stationed in the Middle East.

They are scheduled to return by the end of this month.

By Karla Redditte

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