Maritime soldiers reunited with families

Paul McLeod
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

The paperwork could wait.

After six long months of serving in Afghanistan, and 30 straight hours of flying, 38 exhausted soldiers from the Maritimes finally landed in Halifax early Saturday morning. As dozens of overjoyed family members cheered and cried, the young men were supposed to line up and take care of some paperwork first. It didnt pan out.

A beaming 23-year-old Jonathan Juurlink from Wolfville was one of many who broke away from the line and walked over to his mother as soon as they made eye contact. His mom latched her arms around him with all her strength.

The paperwork could wait.

After six long months of serving in Afghanistan, and 30 straight hours of flying, 38 exhausted soldiers from the Maritimes finally landed in Halifax early Saturday morning. As dozens of overjoyed family members cheered and cried, the young men were supposed to line up and take care of some paperwork first. It didnt pan out.

A beaming 23-year-old Jonathan Juurlink from Wolfville was one of many who broke away from the line and walked over to his mother as soon as they made eye contact. His mom latched her arms around him with all her strength.

Hey now, I told you Id be back, laughed Juurlink as he placed his hand on the back of his mothers head. She just embraced him, unable to say anything.

Every time you turn on the radio and hear the news youre always on pins and needles, wondering if youre going to get good news or bad news, said Jonathans mother Ricki later while wiping away tears. She could only describe seeing her son again as overwhelming. Its just, my gosh Im one of the lucky ones. Hes home.

After flying from Cyprus with stops in Germany, England and Montreal, the soldiers found themselves delayed at the airport when baggage was lost. It was 2:30 a.m. before they arrived at the Halifax Armouries. The families that had looked exhausted all night sprang to life as soon as they arrived. The soldiers themselves looked ecstatic and even a bit sheepish at the size of the reaction.

Of the men, 37 are reservists from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick who had been gone since early December. Many spent the months doing gate patrol and convoy protection, but are now on leave just in time for Canada Day.

Geographic location: Afghanistan, Wolfville, Cyprus Germany England Montreal Nova Scotia New Brunswick

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page

Comments

Comments