Friday is a special day for dozens of Kentucky troops and their families.
Two companies, based in Morehead and Maysville, are coming home after a year in Iraq.
167 soldiers are receiving a special 'Welcome Home' ceremony Friday afternoon at Keeneland.
Their loved ones spent the morning making signs and decorations for the ceremony.
The soldiers are from the 299th Chemical Company, based in Maysville, and the 301st Chemical Company, based in Morehead.
They've been in Iraq since June, 2009. While in the country, they provided protective service detail to the U.S. State Department and the United Nations.
The soldiers also supported the security mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
The troops say though they will miss each other, most say they were ready to get back to their families, and the life as they remember.
"I want to return to my family and my guard familiy to get back to their families and to civilian life."
Since September 11, 2001, more than 12,000 members of the Kentucky Army and Air National Guard have deployed worldwide in support of the global War on Terror.