Happy Homecoming

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 3/26 12:22 am

America is winding down its presence in Afghanistan but men and women, including some from Kentucky, are still living, working and sometimes dying there.

It’s important not to forget them while they’re there and after they come home.

The Moreland community isn’t forgetting and celebrated one of their own returning with a welcome home fit for a king.

“He was like no this is just for the fire truck and I was like no baby this is for you,” said Sandi Carter whose husband just returned from nearly a year in Afghanistan.

 “I wasn't expecting it first of all,” said Sgt. First Class Walter Carter Junior about his homecoming celebration.

“He sacrificed his time with his family to fight for our country in Afghanistan so to me you can't get much better than that,” said April Coffman who planned the celebration.

“Oh my goodness it was great wasn't it, the wind was blowing there were flags all over the place,” said Sgt. Carter.  “I'm just overwhelmed by the whole thing quite frankly.”

“We get to welcome home a hero and that's just wonderful,” said Coffman.

 “To me a hero is someone who does something extraordinary and I’m not doing anything extraordinary.  I’m just doing what I’m told and making sure everyone gets home and one piece and the job gets done,” said Sgt. Carter.  “We got to hand the torch off.  F. Candy said in 1961 ‘the torch has been passed to a new generation.’  Well we're passing it to another generation.”

Sgt. Carter is now passing that torch to April Coffman’s daughter who recently signed up for the National Guard. 

“She's leaving and he's been a big help,” said Coffman.  “Bittersweet to see her leave but it's going to be, I'm excited to see him come home so I can't even imagine to see her. 

“If I'm gone, my kids and my grand kids are living on then this is what it's all about, taking care of each other,” said Sgt. Carter.

Sergeant Carter was one of 45 members of the 11-03 arriving home Tuesday.

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