Nightly News   |  October 30, 2009

Honoring the troops' service

Oct. 30: Brian Williams offers a closing note during his last night reporting from Afghanistan, remembering the men and women in uniform who have sacrificed much to serve.

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>>> finally tonight, we have come to the end of a week's worth of reporting from here, and as we get ready to return home we will remember the 68,000 americans in uniform who are here and far from home . they have volunteered to serve, but the service is tough, as it is for a young army airborne major we met. she has a 5-year-old at home with her husband. her last deployment was iraq for 15 months. when she left this time around, her small son ran after her down the jetway. her family is literally counting the days until mom comes home. and here's how they do it in their household. they have a big bowl of m&ms at home. and they are allowed to eat exactly one a day. they are counted out exactly so that on the day the m&ms bowl is finally empty that's the day when mom comes back down that jetway. so here's to an empty bowl and a family becoming whole again. that is our broadcast for this