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Marine receives special homecoming with family

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PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -

A local tri-state Marine who just returned from deployment in Afghanistan received a special homecoming on Friday. 

It's called Hero's Day.

Zion Lutheran School kids in Palmyra got the chance to hear what soldiers and emergency responders do everyday to help people.

But what 5year-old Mikey didn't know was that in the next room his father Michael Harris, who had been deployed in Afghanistan for the last seven months, was waiting.

"I'm pretty excited to see him. My daughter has gotten huge since I left.  And my son, he has grown so much. Just excitement and anticipation," said Harris.

James Ash of the VFW Post in Palmyra helped to organize the special homecoming and says helping veterans, like Harris, reunite with their families is something the VFW takes pride in doing.

"It means a lot to us in that it shows that we support our troops and we would do whatever we can to help out troops," said Ash.

And Mikey had been counting down the days until his dad got home.

"It's a great feeling as a dad that your kid looks at you as a super hero," said Harris.

But this wasn't just a day about Mikey. It means a lot to his dad too.

"It adds a lot more stress to your life because you are already in a bad position over there and then knowing that you have kids back here that might not see their father again," said Harris.

The Last presentation of the day was Mikey's as he talked about a man who actually turned out to be there in the flesh.

 

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