They were welcomed back with expressions of hope and happiness. Family members of the 239th Military Police of the Louisiana National Guard waved their flags and took pictures to tell their 70 loved ones "welcome home" after their tour of duty in Iraq. One of those soldiers was from southwest Louisiana. Governor Bobby Jindal was there to welcome them.
Many were overcome with emotion.
"You can't really describe it. It's the happiest day of life," said Guardsman Luke Cowart.
Louisiana National Guard Adjutant General Glenn Curtis says the timing is perfect.
"There is no better Christmas present than to get our soldiers home," said Curtis.
Sulphur welcomed home its hero from Iraq, Master Sgt. Greg Martin. In fact, the mayor and other city officials personally met him in Baton Rouge. He had an emotional welcome at a Sulphur fire station.
"Nobody got injured and everybody came home we accomplished our mission we are all here safely," said Martin. "That's probably the best thing you can say."
It was Martin's third tour of duty. He trained Iraqi military police. Martin will resume his duties with the Sulphur Police Department. So we say, welcome home as we honor the 239th Military Police as this week's Hometown Patriots