GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Across the Grand Valley, residents gathered on street corners to wave goodbye to 21 local soldiers heading to Iraq.
With heavy bags, and heavy hearts, the 282nd Engineering Company prepared to depart for Iraq.
More than 50 motorcyclists, law enforcement patrol cars and military hum–vees were part of honoring these troops with a heart–felt farewell.
History was repeating itself for Mother Amy Ocampo, this is the third time she's said goodbye to her son. Ocampo says, "It doesn't get easier, it never gets easier."
And Private First Class Aleisha Klouzek, for the first time, gave final hugs, for 400 days, to her two little girls. She says, "It's really hard, it's really hard, but they are what will keep me strong."
Their supporters who showed up to send them off hope that despite the tears, they would have a sendoff to remember.