She braved the cold the morning of Nov. 22, 2006, waiting to see her husband for the first time in more than a year. When Sgt. Scott Taylor found his wife, Michelle, a normally-private moment of hugging and kissing became very public.
"This brings a new meaning to Thanksgiving," Michelle said.
Taylor was one of 49 soldiers with the Kentucky Army National Guard's 130th Engineer Company to return home after 15 months in Iraq.
The unit served mostly in northern Iraq, where they worked with a Georgia Army National Guard unit to build and expand military bases in the area. The unit also built protective barriers around a town and around oil pipelines to protect workers.
Kentucky Army National Guard Brigadier Gen. Ronnie Culver said the soldiers went through a lot, but did so to bring freedom to Iraq and its 25 million people.
Culver said they suffered the heat, cold, loneliness and complete lifestyle change to bring hope to the Iraqi citizens.
The company first deployed in September 2005 to Fort Dix, N.J., then left for Iraq in late November.