Soldiers received a heroes welcome today in Minot and other parts of the state.
Nearly 30 members of the North Dakota Army National Guard's 191st Military Police company returned home today.
Four guardsmen arrived early this afternoon and one more will arrived around 8 pm tonight after spending nearly a year in Guantanamo, Cuba.
Family and friends waited anxiously for their loved ones to arrive.
Today was a day all parties involved have been thinking about since deployment.
(Byron Perry, Specialist, Military Police) "My family is pretty much my whole life, so thinking about them was my top priority. Seeing them when I got home, making sure I didn't do anything stupid so I can see them when I get home and just knowing that they were there for me and supporting me all the way.
(Michelle Banet, Mother) "Oh I have been waiting for this day since he left in October... it was happy tears, happy tears, I am glad he is home. Just excited."
More good news for Byron, his mother said he doesn't have to do chores at home until next week.