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Soldiers welcomed home in Americus

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AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) - Members of Georgia's 48th Brigade have been returning home from Afghanistan and this weekend, members received a big welcome home in Americus, Georgia.

The Middle Flint Chapter of the American Red Cross hosted celebration Sumter County Fairgrounds. There was food, music and a lot of activities for soldiers and their families.

The 48th has been in Afghanistan for 9 months.

Battalion Commander Kenny Payne said, "It really hit home today because I got to talk to some Vietnam veterans, and they did not get the reception that we got here."

"This is our third deployment since 2001 and I just thank the families and all the local businesses for all the support," said Command Sergeant Major Stringfield.

Janet Siders with the Middle Flint Red Cross added, "Part of what the Red Cross does is to be observant about what our community needs, we've been really good about that, so if you believe in the community and in Americus and Sumter County our board is willing to do just about anything to ensure something like this comes off."

The welcome home tribute was free and open to all veterans, and active duty military personnel.

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