QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -
It's a memorable and joyful day for one local family here in Quincy. After waiting for several months, they were finally able to welcome home their son, a United States soldier, from deployment in Afghanistan.
Private First Class, Jeremiah Humke, was in awe to see dozens of family members and friends welcoming him home Sunday.
Humke was deployed in Afghanistan for over eight months. It was his first time being drafted overseas, and he says it was a difficult time for him, and for everyone he left back home.
The welcome home party was the first opportunity for many family members and friends to see and talk to Jeremiah since he came back. His mom also said his party was meant to show how much he means to his family.
"He's been gone awhile and I wanted to do something really, really special for him," said Jeremiah's mom Donnetta Stubblefield. "Show him how much everybody cares and loves him, and how much we appreciate him."
Humke said it was so good to catch up with everyone. Some of these people, he hadn't seen in years.
"Being away from them, miles and miles away from them you have to get used to not being around them, or seeing them or talking to them all the time," said Humke
The distance was also rough for his family, but they found ways to keep in contact. They say it helped, but didn't compare to having him home.
"It was pretty rough, but I think now a days with technology we have now like with Facebook, and Skype, and stuff like that it makes it a lot easier for the families," said Stubblefield.
"I thought about him a lot, I worried about him a lot," said Jeremiah's grandma Charla Walton. "We're from an army family and I'm glad he's home safe."
Family members say they're proud of their soldier and are overjoyed that he's finally home safe.
During his time at home, Humke says he plans on spending his time with family and friends.
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