Our local army troop was welcomed home today with a parade. People lined the streets with flags and banners an hour before they arrived and they waited patiently until they saw the caravan go by.
I remember when we had a "departure parade". We lined the streets then too but it was a sad day. They left in a bus. A bus with tinted windows.
Today they packed into army trucks and we saw their faces. They were wearing hats that I've never seen before. Hats that resembled a cowboy's hat, black with a gold star on the front. They were lead by police cars and motorcycles and followed by a pack of motorcycle riders, the same riders that followed them when they departed.
It gave me chills. You could see the excitement on their faces, how thrilled they were to be home.