SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- They're sent off to combat zones and families greet them when they return home, but on Sunday, the Air National Guard recognized more than 130 airmen for their efforts
In the 174th Attack Wing Hometown Heroes Salute Ceremony, the men and woman were recognized for their service both at home and overseas since September 2001.
Both those being recognized and their families appreciated the recognition.
"Getting peer acceptance is very large in the military. I appreciate that more than anything," said Tech Sergeant Edward Scalise, a Hometown Hero Recipient.
"I'm kinda really excited because my mom deserves a bunch of awards. She is a good military member and a good person. I like coming here because she is always happy and her smile is big," said Myah Mayer daughter of a Hometown Hero Recipient.
Airmen and woman received a framed letter from the Chief of the National Guard Bureau containing a hometown hero salute challenge coin.
Children of the deployed members received Hometown Heroes Salute dog tags.