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Soldiers Welcomed Home with No Celebration

More than 70 soldiers returned home despite having a grand celebration originally planned in their honor.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- More than 70 Arkansas soldiers returned home from a nine-month deployment and were greeted by their family and friends at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport on Wednesday.

Originally, their homecoming was to be a huge celebration.  Soldiers had expected to participate in a ceremony and on a chartered plane with the whole troop.

The government shutdown canceled those plans, and soldiers flew in at different times Wednesday.

The brave Americans said they didn't have to have all the fanfare. They're just glad to be back in familiar territory.

"We appreciate all the thought and everything but it's about getting home and seeing our family," said Spc. Hunter Graves.

Some community members have talked footing the bill for a celebration later on.
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