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Soldier homecoming Saturday in Iron Gate

Published On: Jul 27 2013 06:52:06 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 28 2013 12:53:05 AM EDT

It was a special day for two hometown families as they welcomed home family members serving in Afghanistan.

Shawn Wolfe and Robert Wright returned home a week ago and their families held a welcome home picnic in their honor Saturday.

Their families say the two have had a special bond since they first met in kindergarten.

The two grew up together, went to boot camp together and both studied to become welders at the same time.

"It means a lot to us. Over there, it's kind of hard to talk to your family and everything over there you kind of feel like everyone forgets you but then you come back and realize no one forgot you," said Shawn Wolfe