Hundreds of Kentucky National Guard soldiers said their final goodbyes to friends and family in London Saturday morning before heading out to Iraq. The soldiers with the 149th Battalion based out of Barbourville, were on a 10 day leave from training in Mississippi.
How does a child express to his dad, just how much he'll miss him over the next year while he's stationed in Iraq?
"I wanna tell him I'll miss him a lot and a lot and a lot and a lot," said Leonard Lafeo.
Or does a single look say it all. There were hundreds of those looks Saturday morning in London as more than 300 soldiers with Eastern Kentucky's Mountain Warrior Battalion said their goodbyes. They're heading back to Mississippi, where they've been stationed for 2 months for some final days of training next week. The Mountain Warriors will be in the Middle East.
"It's hard on you, to come home and get ready to go back over," said Staff Sgt. Roger Arvin.
That's why there were mothers who just didn't want to let go.
"Last night we didn't go to bed at all so we could squeeze a little bit more time in," said Linda Nantz.
The Mountain Earriors will spend five days in Mississippi before heading to Kuwait. They will then serve one year in Iraq.