Soldier's Welcome Home Celebration Delayed

JANUARY 11, 2007 -- POSTED AT 9:00 P.M. CST

MEMPHIS, TN -- For hours a family of an 875th Soldier waited for their loved one to arrive at the Memphis Airport in hopes of reuniting after being gone nearly 4 months in Iraq.

After everyone on Delta Flight 4457 arrived in baggage claim, the family of Specialist Adam Williamson soon realized something wasn't right.

"It's extremely disappointing. He called last night and we were all excited and on the phone at midnight last night calling everyone telling them hey he'll be in and he said I'll see you at 3:03 tomorrow," says Joleta Raines, Adam's mother.

But at 3:00 Thursday, the flight came in without any soldiers. Joleta Raines, Adam's mother, was there with 12 other family members as they anxiously awaited his arrival, an arrival that's not scheduled until Friday.

"I'm not sure but it's something to do with the difference in time and the delays that they had that we weren't aware of," says Raines.

Williamson is due home for a 15 day rest and relaxation leave from his tour with the 875th in Iraq and his family says that is exactly what they have planned for his visit, a chance for him to unwind and get his mind off the war.

"Basically we just want some down time with him to give him time to get that edge off and then whatever he wants to do. He's got a little boy that he hasn't seen and the baby's walking and everything now. Adam hasn't seen him do any of that, so we were very excited to have him come home," says Raines.

As the family left the airport Thursday, they were left with a void; one that they are hoping will be filled Friday.

"We'll be here tomorrow, definitely. If it takes 2, 3, 4, 5 trips, we'll be here to get him," adds Raines.

K8 News was told that several members of the 875th are set to come home for an R & R leave. The plane is scheduled to arrive Friday afternoon at the Memphis International Airport.