Eighty New York National Guard soldiers assigned to the 42nd Infantry Division said goodbye to family members as they prepare for deployment to the Middle East. Soldiers and their families say they are ready for the mission.  

Hundreds were in attendance at a farewell ceremony held at the Patriot Way Armory near Rochester International Airport early Saturday. This was one of three ceremonies, as more than 600 soldiers mobilize from several states to be deployed to the United States Central Command Area of Responsibility. Soldiers are expected to spend more than 10 months deployed.

Family and friends in attendance say while it is hard to say goodbye, for now, they are proud and in full support of the soldiers.