Hoosier heroes back home just in time for holidays

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FRANKLIN (Dec. 9, 2014) - It’s the day they've all been waiting for.

About 150 soldiers from the 1413th Engineer Company, headquartered in Franklin, were welcomed home at a ceremony Tuesday at the Johnson County Armory.

The soldiers had been in Afghanistan since the spring.

“It’s the best Christmas present ever,” said Tracey Peters, whose son returned home on Tuesday. “That’s all we’ve been wanting is for him to come home for the holidays.”

“It feels good, I’ve been ready to get home,” said Tracey’s son, Logan Dace.

“I just feel glad to be back,” said Londele Mitchell, whose son Londele Jr. was born while he was away.

“Words cannot describe,” said Staff Sgt. Joshua Buzzard, whose daughter made her Dad a sign to welcome him home. “I love her to death and missed her like crazy.”