WILKESBORO, N.C.–It was an emotional, well-deserved homecoming for the soldiers in the 875th National Guard Unit out of North Wilkesboro in Charlotte on Thursday afternoon.
The unit had been serving overseas in Kuwait and Afghanistan for the past year.
Many families anxiously waited for their soldiers to arrive at the armory in Charlotte. For some families, like the Wood’s of Thomasville, this was the first time a father was meeting his baby.
“It’s been hard. It’s been very hard,” explained Kim Wood, wife of Specialist Charles Wood.
Specialist Wood was deployed a month before his son, Mason was born.
“Knowing what she was going through here with him, wanting to be here to help her. Seeing pictures and watching him grow up that way and not being here was rough,” explained Specialist Wood.
“We didn’t cry when we said ‘bye’ because we didn’t want to make it harder,” explained Kim Wood.
The family of three is finally together for the first time and though Specialist Wood missed some of his son’s first moments, it took just one moment for this soldier to turn into a dad.
“There’s no words. There’s no way to define it in words,” Wood said.