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Feb 25, 2013 12:13 PM by David Jay - MTN News

Montana National Guard celebrates 484th homecoming

BILLINGS - The Montana National Guard honored local families Sunday for the their sacrifices while loved ones were deployed in Iraq.

The Freedom Salute Ceremony recognizes soldiers and helps them along with their families to get back in to civilian life.

Lt. Governor John Walsh and Congressman Steve Daines helped welcome the 484th Military Police Company, based in Glasgow and Malta, back from Operation Enduring Freedom.

Representatives for senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester also spoke.

Guard members say their spouses maintain the family and home, so soldiers can concentrate on their jobs.

"The families, my wife is our strength," said Sergeant William Norberg of Helena. "The soldiers overseas say that the hardest part job is for them to be at home, so it's great to include them in one of our ceremonies. It's overwhelming for the citizens of the United States, they show their support in so many different ways."

"It makes me feel a lot of pride in my husband and the rest of the soldiers that were with him," said Leah Norberg.

After returning in November, 22 soldiers and their families participated in Sunday's ceremony.
More soldiers from the 484th will be returning to Billings in the next few months.

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