Mark Lemerond is an Air Force Veteran who has finally returned home this Monday after spending more than half a year overseas. Lemerond was more than surprised when he was greeted by his loved ones when he got off the plane. His family members had to travel from Orlando all the way to Jacksonville in order to give him a proper welcome home.
"Tears and sorrow when he left, now I have tears of joy that he's home and he's safe on U.S. soil," said Carol Lemerond, Mark Lemerond's mother.
Lenerond has been serving in the Air Force for over seven years and this homecoming will mark the end of his third deployment. During his time overseas, Lemerond served as a Senior Airman. Lemerond is a mechanic and found success in repairing and maintaining flight equipment.
Although his mother shared she is immensely proud of all the sacrifices that Lemerond made for his country, she also admits she was certainly worried at times, especially since his last deployment took place in Afghanistan.
"We had communication over the time that he was gone, and in some instances he was not safe and I can hear the stress in his voice," Carol said.
Lemerond shared that his time overseas was anything but easy but there was always a silver lining.
"Everybody back home keeps me motivated and also to be a part of something bigger than myself," Mark said.
Mark was greeted with a nice warm welcome from his family and girlfriend. His mother and girlfriend brandished giant signs in order to welcome him home.
After stepping off the plane Mark shared,
"I'm going to get a shower and get some food. That's all I want right now."
After Mark has a few days to adjust to civilian life, his family and girlfriend plan on taking him on vacation.
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