Pride, passion greet returning Marines
Posted January 13, 2012
Updated January 14, 2012
Camp Lejeune, N.C. — Friday was homecoming day for 150 members of the Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 8 out of Camp Lejeune. The Marines returned to hugs and tears after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.
The greeting was extra sweet for Sgt. Jeff McCarty, who shared a first kiss with girlfriend Stephanie Bair. "It was definitely worth the wait," he said.
"It's perfect, 'cause he's perfect," she countered.
For Major Robb Sucher, his 19-month-old son, Will, was a sight for sore eyes.
"It's phenomenal to be back home with the family and start a new life again," he said.
"Every time you come back, it's a new challenge and new opportunities."
Thomas Weaver, the grandfather of a returning Marine, was practically bursting with pride.
"I'm proud of each and every one of them," he said. "I'm glad he's serving his country, and it made me very proud that he joined the Marine Corps."