June 3, 2004 -- Posted at 5:36 p.m. CDT
DONIPHAN -- For many families, today was a somber day in Southeast Missouri. The 735th Main Support Battalion of the Missouri National Guard had their deployment ceremonies in Poplar Bluff, Doniphan, and Warrenton. Doniphan had about 40 soldiers report for duty.
Her family says it's tough to watch her go. She will be leaving her children with her father while she's gone. "I'm really worried. I hope she makes it back all right. It scares you. I just hope she gets over there and gets back and everything goes okay so she can get back quicker," said Stark's dad, Larry Hardisty.
Her 10-year-old daughter agrees,"I just hope she comes back and she doesn't get hurt really bad," said Ashley Hardisty.
Bobbi Arnold's son is one of the soldiers being deployed. She said everyday is a challenge. "You have good days, you have bad days, but I'm proud. It's his decision and I'll stand by him," said Arnold.