Two Marines Welcomed Home By Patriot Guard Riders

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

A special homecoming was held Thursday afternoon for two Marines returning from Afghanistan. Several members of their unit have already returned; however, this pair's arrival didn't go unnoticed.

“We just got the notice last night and already we have 20 bikes,” said Vern Packard with the Patriot Guard. “These guys are protecting our country, risking the lives.”

The Patriot Guard Riders assembled Thursday afternoon at the Marine Corps Reserve in North Omaha.

Two families gathered and waited, while the riders headed to the airport to pickup Lance Corporal Marc Clopek and Sergeant Keegan Borer.

“That wasn't nearly the wait for the previous six months,” said Patrick Borer. “It's good to have him home, good to see him again. For us we just put our trust in God and said God take care of him.”

Lance Corporal Marc Clopek was happy to be reunited with his nephew, Ryder.

“It's awesome, he's running around destroying stuff, it's good to see him just having fun. Growing up,” said Sgt. Clopek.

Both Marines say the are most looking forward to spending time with family. They wil go back to work, on US soil, next Tuesday. Until then they plan to relax.

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