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Son & daughter soldiers return from Iraq to thankful parents

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Mother’s reunion
James Frisby embraces his mother, Marian, after returning from a tour of duty in Iraq. Her daughter – and James’ sister -- Stephanie also was returning home with the 2123rd HET (Heavy Equipment Transport) National Guard unit. Photo by Jonathan Johnston
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--On a foggy Sunday in early February, hundreds of families gathered to welcome home the 2123rd HET (Heavy Equipment Transport) National Guard unit from their tour of duty in Iraq.
      A band played as flags waved, and the crowd cheered as soldiers emerged from planes to sometimes tearful reunions with family members and friends at Standiford Field in Louisville, Ky.
      Among the family members was Marian Frisby. Her husband, Larry, pastor of Freedom Baptist Church in Campbellsville, Ky., was back home preaching in the Sunday morning worship service. Nevertheless, the Frisbys -– Marian in Louisville and Larry in Campbellsville –- were eagerly awaiting the arrival of not one, but two of their three children.