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Giving thanks to U.S. soldiers — and celebrating their homecoming
Returning troops and their families remind us what Thanksgiving is really about
 

Nov. 24, 2010: Children spot their dad as he and his battalion prepare to enter a National Guard armory on Thanksgiving Eve after being stationed in Iraq for a year. | (CC BY: William Franklin)



Oct. 2, 2012: Corporal Colton Duran, an aircraft mechanic, hugs his wife Cathia during a return ceremony in Cherry Point, N.C., after more than 100 Marines completed a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. | (CC BY: U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Stephen T. Stewart)



June 15, 2011: Reniah Krause, 2, clings to her father Sgt. Joseph Krause after he and fellow soldiers returned from Afghanistan to Fort Carson, Colo. | (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)



Dec. 4, 2012: U.S. Army Sgt. Aaron Brewster is welcomed home after nine months in Afghanistan by his parents Steve and Sharon Brewster in Fort Stewart, Ga. | (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)



June 15, 2011: Scott Callahan, of the USS Carl Vinson crew, greets his daughter, three-year-old Savannah, after a six-month deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq. | (HOWARD LIPIN/San Diego Union-Tribune/ZUMA PRESS, San Diego Union-Tribune Publishing Company)



Nov. 11, 2012: Soldiers from the 147th Human Resource Company return to Minnesota from a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. | (CC BY: Minnesota National Guard)



Dec. 22, 2011: Soldiers and their families are reunited as the last group of XVIII Airborne Corps Soldiers return home from a year-long deployment to Iraq. | (CC BY: Fort Bragg)


Feb. 27, 2008: Kira Slosser gives her brother, Army Sgt. John Slosser, a warm welcome home in Staunton, Va. John's 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Virginia Army National Guard returned home after eight months serving in Iraq. | (CC BY: The U.S. Army/Maj. Cotton Puryear, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)



May 3, 2012: JoAnn Frazier embraces her son, 2nd Lt. Aaron Frazier, personnel officer with the Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, after he completed a 12-month deployment to Southern Kandahar, Afghanistan. | (CC BY: Arctic Wolves/Sgt. Thomas Duval, 1/25 SBCT Public Affairs)



April 5, 2012: Major David Bragg, executive officer for the Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, hugs his family at Fort Wainwright's Alert Holding Area. | (CC BY: Arctic Wolves/Sgt. Thomas Duval, 1/25 SBCT Public Affairs)



July 10, 2013: Specialist Jessie Nelson, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker), hugs her husband Matt at Soldiers Field House on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Nelson returned home after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan. | (CC BY: The U.S. Army/Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd ID Public Affairs Office)



Feb. 14, 2013: Emma Sharee Calica, left, greets her father U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Austen Calica, after a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. U.S. Soldiers with the 9th Chemical Company returned from a year-long deployment to Korea. | (CC BY: DVIDSHUB/ Pfc. Loren Cook)

 
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