Marines relish Jefferson City's personal touch

Attendees hold flags to welcome escorted veterans at the Annual Veterans Appreciation dinner at Jefferson City High School on Thursday evening. The event recognized veterans from various wars, and students of Jefferson City High School helped serve and clean up food.

Attendees hold flags to welcome escorted veterans at the Annual Veterans Appreciation dinner at Jefferson City High School on Thursday evening. The event recognized veterans from various wars, and students of Jefferson City High School helped serve and clean up food. Jeremy Jardine

It’s been nearly two years since Marines Tyler Huffman, Jason Albright, Edward Palos Jr., Blake Watson and Jose Santiago have seen each other. Huffman’s adopted community of Jefferson City is paying tribute to these military brothers, their sacrifice and their service.

And two others serving on the USS Green Bay — U.S. Navy corpsman Jesse Miller and Marine Squad Sgt. David Castillo — will receive care packages for the nearly 1,160 Marines and sailors aboard their ship.

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The last time these Marines saw each other was a memorial service at Camp Pendleton for those in their company who did not make it home.

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