Santa Delivers Troops for Christmas

Families, friends and new babies greet soldiers at DFW Airport

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    Families, friends and new babies greet soldiers returning to DFW Airport on Christmas Eve. (Published Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011)

    Hundreds of soldiers enjoyed Christmas Eve with loved ones after a loud and festive homecoming at DFW Airport.

    Children, parents, grandparents and new mothers waited for loved ones to walk through the gates at Terminal D on Saturday.

    There were amazing moments, such as when Sgt. Jeff Miera held his 6-month-old son in his arms for the first time.

    "Very surreal, very surreal," Miera said. "Last picture I have on my computer has wires and tubes coming out of him." 

    Miera said the greeting was a great Christmas present.

    Phyllis Birdsong is the mother of a son and daughter. Both are active duty soldiers home for the holidays. 

    "Oh my God. It's the best Christmas present a mom could ask for," Birdsong said. "The best.. I love it! Merry Christmas to all the soldiers out there. I'm so happy right now."