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Freedom Salute Ceremony Recognizes Soldiers

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It was a very special Father's Day for some soldiers, officially welcomed home Sunday. The Montana Army National Guard recognized over 200 soldiers and their families from the 484th Military Police Company and the 260th Engineer Company in a Freedom salute Ceremony.

The ceremony is a way to let soldiers know they're not alone, and that the Montana National Guard will help them reintegrate into society. Staff Sergeant Catherine Hornung remembers the day she left her eleven year old twin boys when she was deployed to Afghanistan.

"The day I had to leave them broke my heart. And just to come back and see their faces. It was unbelievable to see them," says Hornung.

Hornung says she's happy to be back and recognized for her time served.

"All the resources that Montana works on providing for soldiers just to really let you know they've really got our back," says Hornung.

Ryan Van Kerkhove plans to start college soon and is thankful he was able to take advantages of the resources provided by the National Guard.

"Its beneficial for troops to be able to, especially myself, to be able to see that there are people who appreciate what we've done and that there's resources out there for us to use if we need their help with anything," says Van Kerkhove.

Recently deployed soldiers receive a flag, a coin, lapel pins, and certificates, but it's the smiles of their families they say that truly warms their hearts.