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PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) - More than 160 Michigan Army National Guard soldiers from the Kalamazoo-based 507th Engineer Battalion returned home Saturday from Afghanistan.
They were honored with a homecoming ceremony before being reunited with their families.
A young boy couldn't wait until the ceremony was over as he went right over to his returning father. The boy was a little scared at first, but his dad kept reaching out for one of his son's hands. Finally, the father reached out to him and grabbed his hand. The boy was with his dad for the rest of the ceremony.
"It felt great," said Capt. Peter Newman with the Michigan Army National Guard. "I was worried that he wouldn't want to come and see me, and it just felt great seeing my family, having my son come straight to me."
His family said it was worried the boy wouldn't recognize his dad following the 10-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Another young boy saw what happened and greeted his dad, who was standing at ease in line with the other soldiers during the ceremony.
And yet a third big reunion was caught on camera -- this one between Josh Pulsifer and his girlfriend, Amanda Weeks, who served as a medic for the Michigan Army National Guard.
Their family and friends contacted 24 Hour News 8 via ReportIt to say Pulsifer would be surprising Weeks at the homecoming at Portage Central High School and propose to her.
Weeks accepted Pulsifer's proposal.
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