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Aug 12, 2010 6:22 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI

Welcome Home 256th: Lafayette

66 soldiers arrived at the National Guard Armory, as scheduled, at about 2 o'clock in Lafayette.
    
It was a humid Louisiana afternoon and Daphne Savoy waited anxiously for the arrival of her fiance, Specialist Willard Landry- coming back from his second tour in iraq with the 256.

"He really wants to see some rain."

The couple was introduced by mutual friends and immediately hit it off, but there wasn't much time before Willard's next mission, so he took his girlfriend for a little outing and he got down on bended knee.

"At the park when we were feeding the ducks."
      
Willard's father is here for the welcome home too: Willard Sr.

"It's been a long time-- (tears up)--I thought the first one would make it easier but it doesn't."

Willard senior was at war in his day too, that makes this reunion even more personal.

"I was in Vietnam, I'm a veteran of that war, my father was a Normandy Invasion vet, so Willard is third generation and we are very proud."

Willard's is just one story among these 66 soldiers now back in the states- a son reunited with his father and wife to be.  And there's a good chance for rain this weekend. 

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