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A Return to Love


Eighteen national guard members receive a special honor for serving in Afghanistan. Saturday afternoon, they were recognized at the Freedom Salute Ceremony. The guard members returned home about 3 months ago. Each received a framed American flag and various other plaques. But the commander of this group says the greatest reward isn't something you can hang on your wall.

"The most important thing in a soldiers return is to celebrate their reunion, said Christopher Lawson. "And that's exactly what the Freedom Salute campaign does. It's celebrates their reunion back to their families and their communities."

The honorees belong to the International Security Assistance Force. Its main purpose is to assist Afghanistan in rebuilding key government institutions.

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