Emotions were running high before the soldiers boarded their bus. There were lots of hugs and tears for many of the family members, friends and even soldiers.
"It's gonna be hard. I'm gonna cry now and probably later too, but in the long run, I realize he has a duty to do and he's gonna want me to keep focused on school and sports. That's what i'm gonna do," said Karina Garcia who said goodbye to her cousin Saturday.
The soldiers will train at Fort Dix, New Jersey before deploying to Iraq.