TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — One local family got the Christmas present they were hoping for on Sunday at the Greater Binghamton Airport.
Edward Quaranta recently ended his ten-month deployment in Afghanistan, and this was the first time he had been able to return home for the holidays since last Christmas.
Quaranta’s parents said it was quite the relief to see him home, especially considering how hard it was on them when he was deployed.
“When they’re over there, it’s very difficult to focus, to even breathe sometimes. As a parent, you always try to do the best for your kids, and you always try to protect them from any kind of harm,” said Kathleen Quaranta, Edward’s mom.
Quaranta’s brother Anthony also served seven years in the Army, and he said he was extremely proud of his brother for his service.
“Since he joined (the Army), we’ve became even closer,” the elder Quaranta said.
State Senator Fred Akshar (R, 52nd District) was one of the few dozen people on hand to welcome Quaranta home because he sent him a New York State flag while he was overseas, a small gesture that meant a lot to both men.
“I carried that flag with me on every mission, on every training, everything I did I had it with me,” said Quaranta.
Quaranta will spend the next three weeks home in Apalachin with his family before returning to his base in Colorado.