NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Hampton Roads welcomed home thousands of Sailors from USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Wednesday afternoon.
The aircraft carrier returned to her home port, Naval Station Norfolk, with more than 5,000 sailors on board. The return is just in time for the crew to celebrate the Fourth of July with their families.
Around a quarter to one, loved ones crowded on Pier 14 got their first look at the Eisenhower.
"Just the emotional separation of not being able to see him -- no communication, no phone calls," said Dawn Jones, who was waiting for her son.
The loudest cheers seemed to come from the Suriel family, whose father stood aboard the ship motioning a heart symbol down to them as his first deployment came to an end.
"I've never really understood why they said 'home of the brave, land of the free,' you know? These are the braves really, these are the really brave ones. I'm free, I'm free to make my choice and join the united states navy," said sailor Aristono Suriel.
As crew members exited the ship, daughters hugged fathers, wives embraced husbands, and some got a first look at a new baby. There was even a marriage proposal.
USS Eisenhower and Carrier Air Wing Seven deployed in February, just two months after returning from a six month deployment in December. The crew had back-to-back deployments because another aircraft carrier was having mechanical problems. While many said it was part of the sacrifice they had to make, it is still difficult to be gone for 10 out of the last 12 months.
Hampton Roads Transit customers could see higher fares to ride the bus, light rail and ferry.
Running a red light could cost you a hefty fine, even if an officer doesn't pull you over. Cameras are going up at intersections across Hampton Roads, and the most recent went live Monday in downtown Norfolk.
Some local families who lost a loved one during active duty military service boarded a special flight out of Norfolk Thursday morning.
Thousands of EMTs and paramedics checked their bank accounts Thursday for one last scheduled payment from the company that suddenly laid them off, but found nothing.
A Newport News man is charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl.
Police say a 19-year-old was shot Thursday evening in Newport News.
Three separate crashes on Interstate 664 occurred at the same time Thursday morning, causing headaches for motorists.