A ceremony saluting the men and women who protect us brought families together in Lebanon County.

Members of the 283rd Personnel Services Detachment spent one year in Kuwait. They got back in June.

Today the 44 Pennsylvania Army National Guard Soldiers took part in a Freedom Ceremony at Fort Indiantown Gap. The tradition started after September 11th, 2001.            

Every time a National Guard unit returns, each member walks across the stage and accepts an American flag.

Sgt. Zane Otto explains why the ceremony is so special to family members. "A lot of times family members don't get to see any pomp or ceremony of the military.   So when they have this, the family is like, wow!"

For those soldiers returning from a second tour, a ring is given to them instead of a flag.