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Web Extra: Soldiers Return Home Without Homecoming Celebration

More than seventy Arkansas soldiers made returned home from a nine month deployment.
(KARK) -- More than seventy Arkansas soldiers made returned home from a nine month deployment.

They were greeted by their family and friends at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

Originally, their homecoming was to be a huge celebration. Soldiers had expected to participate in a ceremony and on a chartered plane with the whole troop.

The government shutdown cancelled those plans, and soldiers flew in at different times Wednesday.

The brave Americans said they didn't have to have all the fanfare. They're just glad to be back in familiar territory.

"We appreciate all the thought and everything but it's about getting home and seeing our family," said Spc. Hunter Graves.

Some community members have talked footing the bill for a celebration later on.
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