WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) - For Virginia Henry, being separated from her son Michael will be a grueling task, to say the least. Nonetheless, it's a sacrifice she's ready to take on. Especially since it's a routine she already knows all too well.
"I'm very proud because I was a Marine. Now my son is going off serving his country. I served mine; his father served his. So we're all very proud of him," Henry said.
Like many of the families at the emotional Sendoff, the Henry's put on their brave face. Though each family will undoubtedly miss their respective loved ones headed off to foreign soil, they each plan to make the best of the situation.
"We're going to do care packages and special projects to send to the troops. We want to get our community involved with sending stuff off to the guys. We're going to be wiring letters, skyping, whatever we can do to make sure he comes back home happy and healthy," Henry said.
Despite the long road ahead, the soldiers say it's that support from their loved ones that gives them the strength to go forward.
"Family is a big part of it. You've got to do what you've got to do, and it's better with support from them. You feel very proud and very loved to know that you're supported in one of the greatest things you could possibly do," Soldier Natasha Davis said.
"It's really a big deal to have the city of Wiggins support us like this. It really means a lot to the soldier to know their community is behind them. We have soldiers from 19 other communities volunteering to serve this community. So it really is a big deal for the city to do this for us," Lieutenant Clarence Harris said.
The Soldiers will leave for Fort Bliss in TX, Saturday night at 10. In all, there are 140 Soldiers in this mission, 40 of them are from the Wiggins area.