Cherry Point Marines return home from nine-month deployment

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Staff Sgt. Curtis Ferlin greets his son Hunter on his return Saturday afternoon.

Bill Hand/Halifax Media Service
Published: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 05:10 PM.

Cherry Point Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned home Saturday afternoon to family and friends after a nearly nine-month deployment in the Mediterranean Sea.

Jessica Goodridge stood in the large hangar with her children, Gabriele, 6, and Annabelle, 3, waiting for her husband Anthony to arrive.

“It’s been hard,” Cpl. Goodridge said. “There’s been good and bad times. But it has definitely been worth the wait.”

When her husband got off the bus and made his way through the large, cheering crowd, his children shouted and ran to him and clung to his fatigues as he hugged his wife.

“This is really good,” he said. “It’s a nice turnout.”

His children ran and got a sign they made and held it up to him. It had colorful handprints around the edges and the words: “These are the hands that prayed for your safe return.”

Just outside the hanger door, Sgt. Stephen Wilson couldn’t hold back a few tears as he hugged his wife Sara and gave his 19-month-old son Cooper a stuffed bull he brought from Spain.

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