Area Troops Deploy Overseas

May 30, 2011 Updated May 30, 2011 at 9:17 PM EDT

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May 30, 2011 Updated May 30, 2011 at 9:17 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) - It was a day of mixed emotions this Memorial Day for many as members of the 107th Airlift Wing was deployed to Afghanistan.

For 80 member s of the Air National Guard, 107th Airlift Wing and their loved ones, Memorial Day has never felt more real.

"I take a lot of pride in serving anyway, but to be able to wear this uniform, today, and knowing that I'm going to make a difference and have an impact....I take a lot of pride in that," said Captain James, co-pilot of the C-130 transport plane.

The new mission for the deployed air-wing involves lifting in vital supplies to the troops on the ground overseas. The tour lasts for 90 days.