ORCHARD PARK and NIAGARA FALLS, NY - From the yellow ribbons wrapped around trees, to the red white and blue balloons that festooned the front porch, everywhere outside Zizzi home in Orchard park there were signs of an impending homecoming on Thursday.
"We just put them up this morning," laughed Anna Zizzi, who got barely 24 hours notice that her husband, Staff Sergeant Joseph Zizzi, would be among 30 members 107th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard, returning to Western New York after a more than two-month deployment in Southwest Asia.
As she readied the couple's two small children to head to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, she reflected in some milestones Joe missed while away.
There was their daughter's 5th birthday, and her first day of kindergarten. "Oh, and of course our anniversary," Mrs. Zizzi said.
The Zizzi clan is no stranger to military service.