Marine Homecoming

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    Layla Merkley of Jasper, 5, held a sign that said, "Welcome Home Uncle Nathan I missed you," while her uncle Lcpl. Nathan W. Merkley of the United States Marine Corps carried her across the yard of his family's home on Wednesday. To welcome him home, an approximately mile-long procession of police cars, fire trucks, motor cycles, and cars traveled along the eight mile stretch from Haysville to Dubois. The caravan ended at Lcpl. Merkley's family home, where he was greeted by about 50 of his friends and family. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Layla Merkley of Jasper, 5, left, held a sign next to her cousin Bella Cari of Jasper, 6, while waiting to welcome home Lcpl. Nathan W. Merkley of the United States Marine Corps on Wednesday. An approximately mile-long procession of police cars, fire trucks, motor cycles, and cars traveled along the eight mile stretch from Haysville to Dubois ending at Lcpl. Merkley's family home, where he was greeted by about 50 of his friends and family. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    An approximately mile-long procession of police cars, fire trucks, motorcycles and cars traveled along the eight mile stretch from Haysville to Dubois to welcome home Lcpl. Nathan W. Merkley of the United States Marine Corps home on Wednesday. The procession ended at Lcpl. Merkley's family home, where he was greeted by about 50 of his friends and family. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    People lined up along the streets of Dubois to welcome home Lcpl. Nathan W. Merkley of the United States Marine Corps on Wednesday. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    The Patriot Guard Riders were a part of an approximately mile-long procession of police cars, fire trucks, motor cycles, and cars traveled along the eight mile stretch from Haysville to Dubois ending at Lcpl. Merkley's family home, where he was greeted by about 50 of his friends and family on Wednesday. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    People gathered along the route to welcome home Lcpl. Nathan W. Merkley of the United States Marine Corps on Wednesday. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Garry Weaver of Jasper, a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, was a part of an approximately mile-long procession of police cars, fire trucks, motor cycles, and cars that traveled along the eight mile stretch from Haysville to Dubois ending at Lcpl. Merkley's family home, where he was greeted by about 50 of his friends and family on Wednesday. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    People welcomed home Lcpl. Nathan W. Merkley of the United States Marine Corps on Wednesday. An approximately mile-long procession of police cars, fire trucks, motor cycles, and cars traveled along the eight mile stretch from Haysville to Dubois ending at Lcpl. Merkley's family home, where he was greeted by about 50 of his friends and family. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Lcpl. Nathan W. Merkley of the United States Marine Corps, left, hugged his aunt Diane Cari of Dubois on Wednesday outside of his family's home in Dubois. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Neighbors of Lcpl. Nathan W. Merkley of the United States Marine Corps welcomed him home on Wednesday. An approximately mile-long procession of police cars, fire trucks, motor cycles, and cars traveled along the eight mile stretch from Haysville to Dubois ending at Lcpl. Merkley's family home, where he was greeted by about 50 of his friends and family. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Lcpl. Nathan W. Merkley of the United States Marine Corps hugged his aunt Karen Merkley of Jasper, right, outside of his family's home in Dubois on Wednesday. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Lcpl. Nathan W. Merkley of the United States Marine Corps held his niece Layla Merkley of Jasper, 5, on Wednesday when he was welcomed home. An approximately mile-long procession of police cars, fire trucks, motor cycles, and cars traveled along the eight mile stretch from Haysville to Dubois ending at Lcpl. Merkley's family home, where he was greeted by about 50 of his friends and family. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald