This past Tuesday my parents and Matt's fiance Kelsey flew to California to welcome him at his home base, Camp Pendleton, in San Clemente. They flew from Afghanistan to Kyrgyzstan, and there were all these delays- reroute to Ireland? to Ontario? to Anchorage, Alaska? My parents were worried he would be delayed so long they would miss his return.
On Thursday they went to the Parade Deck at Camp Pendleton at about 5 am, and waited. And waited. And waited. About 11 am they finally heard the men arriving.......
|Patriot Guard drives into the Parade Deck just ahead of the Marines|
|1/5 Weapons Company marches on the Parade Deck. Screaming families await!|
|The moment we've all prayed for! Kelsey and Matt.|
|Matt hugs our mama.|
|Blissing face, silly face|
|Basking in the glow of having him back!|
Welcome home, Marine Matt. I am so proud of you.