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Local Marines return home

By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

 LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - More than 40 West Texas Marines returned home from Iraq this weekend.

"I'm just gonna be really excited," said 3-year-old Caralyenia Flores. It's been almost nine months since her daddy left for Iraq, but on Friday night she got to stay up past her bedtime to welcome him home.

Leann Flores has her hands full while her husband Jesse is overseas, taking care of three kids all under the age of four. "It's the kids. They just miss him, so that's the hardest thing for me. To see both of them cry at night for him," she said. 

A lot has changed around the Flores household since Jesse left. On November 17th they added a new member to their family. Jesse missed his third child's birth and his first Christmas, but the family has left up their Christmas tree so they can celebrate again once he gets home.

"The kids haven't opened their stockings. They have some gifts they're going to open," said LeAnn. 

Full of excitement, the Flores family joined other marine's supporters. As the bus carrying the men and women who fought for our country pulled up the room filled with emotions as families cheered, cried, and hugged. Then, Jesse Flores got to hold his son for the first time. "I'm just so happy to be back spending time with my family again. What I missed out on. The kids growing up."

It was the perfect Christmas gift, even if it was a few weeks late.

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