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FORT KNOX, Ky. – 8th Regiment, Basic Camp Cadets gathered in formation, sporting giddy smiles and chanting upbeat cadences as they approached Waybur Theatre to be released to family and friends for their Family Day, at Fort Knox, August 8.

8th Regiment, Basic Camp Cadets meet friends and family during Family Day at Fort Knox, Kentcuky August 09, 2018. Photo by Dustin Massengill.

After a month of rigorous training, Cadets are rewarded with a day of family, friends and good food.

“I haven’t had fast food in 30-days so we are doing that,” said Cadet Alexander Jatto, East Tennessee State.

“I am looking forward to some fresh food and a good nights sleep,” said Cadet Daniel Mulraney, Valley Forge Military Academy and College.

Mulraney was also very excited to be able to move outside of formation and walk at his own pace.

8th Regiment, Basic Camp Cadets meet friends and family during Family Day at Fort Knox, Kentcuky August 09, 2018. Photo by Dustin Massengill.

Not all Cadets are able to enjoy family during this period, but Cadets make the best of it says Jatto.

“People that don’t have families just hang around and chilling with each other,” he said, “so half of us are just chilling and ordering pizza.”

The tear-jerking, heart throbbing event was perfect for the sunny August day. With all the beauty of the day left the Cadets broke from the sweaty hugs with their family and friends and went on to enjoy their day of relaxation.

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