Jase and Chelsy Bringle have waited 365 days for this moment.
"There is daddy," she pointed out to her small son.
Her husband, Specialist John Bringle's wait for their embrace felt like a lifetime.
"The end couldn't come fast enough couldn't be here fast enough," he said.
Specialist Bringle is part of the National Guard's third battalion. They provided security to U.S. military installations in Qatar.
"He needed his daddy home and now he has him," said Chelsy.
Bringle and more than 300 soldiers came home over Christmas for a few days. Then they were sent to Mississippi.
"My heart started beating faster I knew it was only 5 minutes away he was only a few yards away," said Chelsy.
Buses brought the soldiers to the Florida Strawberry Festival fairgrounds, where family, friends and a whole community, even Governor Rick Scott welcomed them back home.
"I don't usually tear up almost teared up there a little bit," said Specialist Bringle.
Sharon McLauglin and her family couldn't wait to hug her son Sergeant Sean Mclauglin.
"I was trying hard not to cry I was trying to take pictures, I'm just so glad he is home," she said.
He is now making plans that everyone can agree on.
"I'm going to be spending time with my family," he said.
Its the small moments that make their sacrifices disappear in a moment.
"It is great I don't want to let him go now," said Chelsy as she hugged her husband.
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