Finally..after a long, long time.....I am finally home. I officially got home on Sunday. I have some stories to tell about my last month or so in Iraq and the demobilization process but I will save those for another day. I can tell you though that it still doesnt seem real yet. It's like I am living in a dream. Being gone for so long and coming home, it hasn't sunk in yet that my tour is over. I know it will take some time, and some adjusting so I'm not going to rush anything.
Going back to Sunday, we all felt like celebrities, and for that moment, in the city of Scranton, we were celebrities. When the plane arrived at the airport with all of us, we had the State Police there to escort us back to the Armory. We unloaded the plane and got on the buses and away we went. Any vehicles that tried to cut in between the buses got pulled over. As we entered the city streets, citizens were lined up waving their hands and some had little flags they were waving. As we got closer to the Armory, you could see more and more people outside. As we pulled up to the Armory, their were hordes of people everywhere, the city police had barricades up blocking traffic and their were signs and posters everywhere welcoming us home. As the buses pulled up to let us off, you could hear people screaming "Welcome Home" and "God Bless our Troops". As we all exited the buses, their cameras going off and random people just reaching out over the barricades to shake our hands. We entered the Armory from a side door that lead into the gymnasium floor and their were more people inside. I felt like a football player coming out of the tunnel to screaming fans. It was almost that deafening in the gymnasium. We fell into a formation to get released and I was in the front row and I barely heard our Commander say Dismissed over the roar of the crowd. For that moment, I felt like a celebrity. I also knew at that moment, that although not everyone agrees with the War in Iraq, the citizens of our great nation are not going to let this war turn into another Vietnam. That we, as soldiers, have the undying support of not only our loved ones, but from everyone who bleeds red, white, and blue.
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