Applause, cheers, hugs, handshakes, tears, laughter and smiles awaited Terry Roderick and Kaleb Robertson on the front lawn of the Camden County Courthouse Saturday afternoon. The U.S. Army and Army Reserve soldiers from Camdenton returned home from Afghanistan to a welcome fit for heroes.


Applause, cheers, hugs, handshakes, tears, laughter and smiles awaited Terry Roderick and Kaleb Robertson on the front lawn of the Camden County Courthouse Saturday afternoon. The U.S. Army and Army Reserve soldiers from Camdenton returned home from Afghanistan to a welcome fit for heroes.

The welcome included a parade and official recognition from the mayor of Camdenton. Robertson, a military policeman, had been home for a few days. Roderick arrived home from his 18-month deployment just in time to attend his parade.

Dozens of friends and relatives met the two returning soldiers and lined up to shake their hands. A team of Patriot Guard motorcycle riders escorted Roderick and Robertson and stood by as Camdenton Mayor Dennis North briefly addressed the crowd.

“They have done a great service for our country,” North said. “I want to thank them for their services and welcome them back to Camdenton because all the time they’ve been gone I’m sure they’ve had family that has worried about them and been concerned about their welfare.”

Robertson is a reservist who works two jobs and has Army engagements on weekends. Roderick will travel to Fort Riley, located near Manhattan, Kan., to serve out the remainder of his enlisted period.