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Jan 8, 2010 4:39 PM by Jon Carrere

Last Few Goodbyes in Crowley

Soldiers lined up so their familiescould hear their nameS call out loud the last time before deployment.

After roll call, one last moment with those who mean the most.

Wives had a chance for one final embrace with her husbands.

One final kiss from a child thier dad.

Words of encouragement from proud fathers to a sons fighting back tears.

Deep inside, both fighting off thoughts of what could happen.

"You know if they have to they're gonna die and as a parent it's not something you want to see or hear about but i'm mighty proud of him," says Ellis Daigle.

For the next year, this day will serve as a constant reminder.

Motivation for the ultimate goal.

Their slogan, "citizen/soldier", each one so much more than troops on the front lines.

jcarrere@katctv.com

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