A Soldier's Valentine's Day Gift

By: Lauri Martin
By: Lauri Martin

Forget the flowers and chocolate, a few hundred families got the best Valentine's Day gift ever. About 280 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment soldiers arrived at the Mountain Post. They’ve been deployed for almost a year.

Sgt. Justin Buckner is a little anxious as he arrives at the Jet Center. “I’m happy to be here and I can’t wait to see my family.”

Back at Fort Carson, hundreds pack the gymnasium waiting for their soldiers to arrive. Blondy O’hara has been wearing her son’s dog tags ever since he left. “It’s my way of keeping him close to me.”

Finally, the moment everyone has been waiting for. Each reunion is greeted with a kiss. After two hours of waiting, it’s the finale to a perfect Valentine’s Day.

More than 1,000 3rd ACR soldiers will be coming home to the Mountain Post by the end of this week.


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