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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — After months overseas, hundreds of troops are welcomed home. Among the family and friends waiting to greet them: Baltimore’s World Champions.

Jessica Kartalija has more.

The Ravens say some of their family members have served in the military and they were eager to show their support for the troops.

Hundreds of troops arrived at BWI to applause, thanks and well wishes. Among the sea of supporters were the World Champion Baltimore Ravens.

“Just to show our appreciation to the servicemen and women for all they’ve done for us and the sacrifices they’ve made for us. It’s the least we could do,” said Ravens wide receiver Brandon Stokely.

“To impact this many lives to come out here and show support for everything they do,” said Ravens quarterback Tyrod Taylor. “This is awesome.”

A group called Operation Welcome Home Maryland welcomes troops into BWI.

“I am headed out and I think it’s really awesome that these guys are here for them and it’s going to be an awesome welcome home so it warms the heart,” said Captain Christina McCartney.

Family members say it’s an honor having players here to welcome the troops home.

“It’s great. It shows the guys and everyone coming home that we do appreciate them back at home and they do give a lot,” said Teresa Wilcox.

“It means a lot. Thank you. Thank you for your support,” said one soldier.

“I’m always appreciative if I see a man or woman in uniform to always say thank you to them because they protect our freedom and I’m able to do what I do because of them,” said Ravens player Morgan Cox.

After being miles apart, families were reunited among a sea of supporters.

“I’ve been super excited about this moment so it’s great to finally be here,” said one soldier.

Operation Welcome Home comes to BWI every time troops fly in. They average about four flights per week.

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