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Families, friends and new babies greet soldiers at DFW Airport

Sunday, Dec 25, 2011  |  Updated 10:01 AM CDT
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Families, friends and new babies greet soldiers returning to DFW Airport on Christmas Eve.

Families, friends and new babies greet soldiers returning to DFW Airport on Christmas Eve.

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."

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