More than 200 Marines, sailors return home after yearlong deployment in Afghanistan

SAN DIEGO - It was an emotional day on Monday for 240 Marines and sailors who returned home from Afghanistan after a yearlong deployment.

Monday's homecoming was the largest homecoming at MCAS Miramar so far this year.

10News cameras captured heartwarming moments as three sons reunited with their father, a husband with his wife and five siblings were back together.

A group of sisters flew in from all over the country for a homecoming that brought them to tears.

"I thank God so much that she's back safe alive," said sister Bunmioji Kutu. "I'm still shaking, just happy, really grateful and happy."

Kutu's sister, Maj. Temi Topesongonuga, told 10News, "They kept threatening to do the shirts and things of that nature but I didn't know they would actually do it, so but now seeing it… it just makes your heart jump up a little bit."

For a year, the Marines and sailors were responsible for critical missions and getting troops safely in and out of combat zones. After a 21-hour flight, they are on American soil with the homecoming they will not soon forget.

"I love them to death," said Topesongonuga. "I mean, that's what family is all about."

Perhaps the best news of all was that everyone was returned home safely.

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