RI Troops Home From Afghanistan, Families Get Ready

A hundred soldiers flew into T.F. Green Airport from Afghanistan Monday. There were tears, hugs and cheers as they reunite with their families.

We caught up with a couple of those families getting ready for the big day.

Two yellow ribbons tied to trees in the Litman's North Kingstown yard. That's because they have not one, but two sons coming home from Afghanistan.

“Tears of relief honestly,” said Lori Litman, “I have had tears from being absolutely nerve ridden but today's are going to be tears of joy.”

The Litman's said goodbye to their sons Kyle and Josh last March. Since then, they said the days have dragged by.    

“It was so difficult,” said Mark Litman, “Again, we feel very fortunate they're coming back, but we're just praying that everyone gets back safe and back to their families, so their families can have a day like we're having today.”

It's a day when they're having cake and ice cream for Kyle's birthday. They're simple pleasures these parents have been hoping for.

“Wes we did. Amen,” said Lori Litman.

Sue Lapham has also  been waiting for this day for a long time. Her 23 year old son. Nick, is coming home.

“I know that when he's home, he's in our home. He's safe. If only for a minute, if only for a day I'll take that,” said Sue Lapham.

She's making sure he gets the royal treatment like a limo ride home, signs in the yard, and a big party. But in all that joy, Sue said there's some sadness.

“You're happy that your son is coming home, your daughter, your loved one but at the same time you know a member of the family isn't making it,” said Lapham.