About 100 volunteers toughed out the heat, to make sure their loved ones feel welcome when they return from Afghanistan.
More than 3,000 Iowa soldiers went overseas last year, but they will be home by the end of July.
“It’s been up and down, you don’t hear from him, technology nowadays, you don’t hear for 10 days you freak out, you think it’s a long time, but think of the old days, that really wasn’t that long,” said Patrick McKeever, who’s son is in the 113th Cavalry in Afghanistan.
People worked through the summer sun, to make sure the soldiers feel welcomed.
“It’s really important for the troops to see that their community missed them, and supports them, and that we are really proud of them, and we’re just really glad that they’re home safe,” said Sarah Petersen, from Support Siouxland Soldiers.
The families don’t know the exact date their loved ones will return, but they can’t wait for that day to arrive.
“His mom, brother, and sister, and all his family together and just enjoy it. I’m leaving July 30th to go out of the country, so I’m praying he gets back by then,” said McKeever.
The families say they usually don’t find out when the soldiers come home until about 48 hours beforehand.