There may not be military bases in Wilmington. But with reserve stations all over the city, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't have a friend or loved who serves.
Church goers at Union Missionary Baptist Church say their prayers have been answered as Saddam Hussein is captured. Now the prayers are for an end to war.
Local historian Jim Leutze says that will depend on how the Iraqis react to the capture, and how fast they form a new government. He says this is not the end of fighting.
Remonda Kleinberg, a international politics professor at UNC-Wilmington agrees. Kleinberg says morale will increase at the state's military bases, even though many of those troops will still be sent to Iraq.
The commander of the marine reserve center in Wilmington says he believes the deployments will go on as scheduled. He also said they've been told since they returned from duty to not unpack.