BISMARCK, N.D. - It was a happy day Wednesday for families at the Bismarck Municipal Airport when their loved ones serving in Iraq and Kuwait came home.
Six Army soldiers came home to find their loved ones waiting for them with balloons and smiles on their faces. They were greeted by a tunnel of American Legion men saluting them and an applause of gratitude and relief.
Of the soldiers, Zachary Hilzendeger left behind a wife and a two-year-old son last March.
"I'm just holding back the tears not wanting to cry. My husband made fun of me because I had to go buy all waterproof mascara and everything for today just because I knew it would be a bawl fest. Tears of joy," says wife Molly Hilzendeger.
Although Molly's been waiting in anticipation, the emotions finally caught up to her husband on the plane.
"I was sleeping, I really was," says soldier Zachary.
With no set plans in mind, the Hilzendeger family just wants to sit and enjoy each other's company.
"It feels like 10,000 pounds are going to be lifted from my shoulders knowing that he's home, safe, back in the states," says Molly.
Eleven more soldiers fly in Wednesday night.