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Tearful goodbye for Valley soldiers

It's a tearful reunion when soldiers return home from war and it's equally as tearful when they leave.

Early Thursday morning seven soldiers boarded a plane headed to Iraq.

WAFF 48's Robyn Mcglohn was there for the emotional farewell and has this report.

Dressed in army fatigues and boots, Specialist Billy Eakes stood proud in Huntsville's International Airport saying his farewells.

"On our way back to Iraq," Eakes says.

He is leaving town only after eight months.  It's the last three month leg of his tour.

"Hopefully the next three months will go like the first eight months everything will work out fine come back home," says Eakes.

"It's hard to say, I hate to see him go, but he joined so, he's got a duty to do," says Eakes' Father.

While words can't express his emotions; it's a duty his son awaits, along with six other soldiers.

"Today as these young men, go confidently as soldiers of our nation," says Reverend Father James Henderson.

Thursday morning family and friends gathered to bless them all with prayers, say their goodbyes, and show their support.

"We're here to send off our troops and show them there are American's that care," says David Guthrie with the Patriot Guard Riders.

Specialist Jarrod Worker has only been home for 17 days, but in that short amount of time he's managed to do a lot of things.

"Got here on the 26th, she picked me up, got on engaged, so I hadn't been able to propose, did that the 27th, and 29th we got married," says Worker.

He says with his new life he's reluctant to return to war.

"I don't want to go, I want to stay." He'll be there for seven months.

Until then, for Worker and others a kiss and a tearful good-bye must do.

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