It was an unforgettable Thanksgiving for a number of families Thursday.
About 80 soldiers returned home from a yearlong tour in Afghanistan. Thirty of them are from Western Massachusetts.
The men and women belonged to the 182nd Engineer Company.
They were greeted by family and friends at the Armory in Florence.
One soldier says it's all worth it just to be back in the arms of his family.
"Just relief, just to finally be back and just to know that it's over, and I don't think it's really over until you come home and you get to hug your family, I think that's when it's really over," said 1st Sgt. Glen Bona, of Pittsfield.
For many returning, Thursday marked their third return trip home from overseas.
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