01/12/2016 08:27 EST | Updated 01/12/2016 11:59 EST

Canada Syrian Refugees: Soldiers Helping In Jordan, Lebanon Return Home

OROMOCTO, N.B. — The first of the Canadian troops sent to Lebanon and Jordan to assist with the processing of Syrian refugees destined for Canada have returned home.

Sixty-eight soldiers arrived to waiting family members this morning at Base Gagetown in New Brunswick.

They were among the 230 soldiers who left Canada in mid-November as part of Operation Provision.

They were assisting with the federal government's initiative to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada by the end of February.

Warrant Officer Stephen Mills says it was humbling to help young families, who had been in refugee camps, leave for a better life.

Major Drew Willis says it was heartwarming to see the faces of small children who knew they were heading to Canada.

He says it shows what can happen when Canadians come together to do good for the world.

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