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Fort Sill soldiers wait at Will Rogers World Airport to fly home for the holidays

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – While we begin to focus on the holiday, some will be traveling from far away to get home for Christmas.

Thousands of troops will pass through the YMCA Military Welcome Center at Will Rogers World Airport over the weekend.

“I have been away from home for two and a half months now,” says Solomon Agyei-Boadi, from Ghana, West Africa and New Jersey.

“I’m going home to Orlando, Florida. I’m really looking forward to warm weather,” said Luna Beita Marquez, who is heading home to Florida.

These soldiers are ready to go home.

“I had basic training about four weeks ago. I originally started doing the basic training about three weeks ago, so I’m going to start the three-week basic workout now,” says Marquez.

“I will go home to my family, my mother, my sisters and then some friends,” Agyei-Boadi said.

Originally stationed at Fort Sill, hundreds of service men and women now sit and wait at Will Rogers World Airport on weekends.

They are patiently waiting to board a flight home to see their family and loved ones again in time for Christmas.

YMCA volunteers and partners greet service members on their way in and out of the airport.

“I think it’s just a small way for us to show our gratitude to the men and women who have served our country and made such enormous sacrifices for us,” said Christin King, Deputy YMCA OKC’s President of Communications said. “We have holiday entertainment like Santa and Mrs. Claus who mark Christmas. Most importantly, we partner with local restaurants to offer them more meals, hot coffee, hot chocolate. ”

Many people have thought of big reunions and home-cooked meals, but they haven’t forgotten the reason they serve.

“Enlist in the army. In case you want to do that, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing – you can be a nurse, you can be a doctor, it doesn’t matter. Just join the army. Experience it experience it, it’s one of the best experiences you can have,” said Agyei-Boadi.

The YMCA says it has been welcoming soldiers at the airport like this since 2007. They had 40 volunteers on Thursday night and more are expected throughout the weekend.

The soldiers will fly until the end of Sunday.

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JACLYN DIAZ

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