Yesterday a couple groups were able to join Mary and Mark in meeting their son Grant at the airport and last night his family had an “Open House” so we could all meet him. Grant, a US Naval Academy graduate, and 1st LT, spent a year in Iraq and was finally able to come home to be with his family. Because we know Mary and Mark so well, we feel like he is family and we were thrilled to be able to hug and thank him in person. Special thanks to “A Heros Welcome” and “Warriors Watch Riders” - they were able to give him an escort home in the cold and through the icy neighborhood. These patriotic bikers and friends shed a well-deserved bright light and honor on all our troops with their flags and motorcycle processions.
Here’s Grant with his proud and happy mother.
With his brothers James and Edward
Here’s some Marine Corps candy, made by Marine Mom and “A Heros Welcome” director Maria Hyland.
A lot of people were able to come to Mary and Marks house including my mom and several other Military Moms and Dads (Evie, Bill, JoAnne, Ron, Donna, Steve) and a Marine Vietnam Vet named Patrick.
Grant’s girlfriend Carly was there too. They met in Hawia, she’s from the great country of Australia and it was her first time in the United States. She never saw snow before.
Here’s mom and Mary with Debbie. Her son Steve is also a Marine in Iraq right now. He’s a US Naval Academy graduate, and a 1st LT. It was great to meet Debbie, she said, “The Sheepdogs! I love you guys!”
Grant will be home for a few weeks, then he’ll return to San Diego where he will prepare for deployment to Afghanistan. Grant wasn’t scheduled to go to Afghanistan so soon, but a fellow Marine officer had a family emergency and Grant stepped forward and volunteered to go in her place. Grant is very loyal and appreciative of his enlisted Marines. He told me, “When I took command of my unit, I asked the sargents to visit me. We talked about expectations.” He said, “Integrity is most important to me. Don’t lie, don’t cheat, and don’t steal, and if you don’t those things – then I will always back you up.” His Marines learned that he is a man of his word and they are very endeared to him. We wish him all the best in Afghanistan and we will be praying and thinking of him.
Thank you Grant, for all you are doing for us, our country, and your fellow Marines. You are our hero.
UPDATE – You can watch the TV news video of Grants arrival at the airport the motorcycle escort home- Click HERE.