This past Labor Day was extra special for one local family. United States Marine Corps Corporal Anthony Larcher-Gore returned home after his tour of duty in 15 countries in the Middle East.
When volunteers from Operation Welcome You Home showed up on Marine Corporal Larcher-Gore’s front yard he was practically speechless. As for his mother, Roxanne Larcher, she’s just thankful she can finally get a good night’s sleep with her son home safe and sound.
“They toured 15 countries in the period of about a year. He was on the first line of defense, so certainly my cell phone was with me at all times,” said Larcher.
Coming from a long line of marines Larcher-Gore knew from a young age he wanted to fight for his country.
“He said since he was five he was going to, but he’s also very deep and very musical and very artistic,” said Larcher. “I thought, ‘maybe he’ll go to college and become a guitar player,’ but he didn’t, he went into the marines and became a man.”
Anthony wasn’t the only family member who received recognition. His father, David Gore, received proper recognition decades after his service in Vietnam.
“I’m glad to see it,” said Gore. “Much different from Vietnam. When people came back they weren’t appreciated and today they are, and that’s the way it ought to be. These guys are putting their life in danger to protect us and we should be here backing them.”
“You walk away knowing that you did something and you stick around knowing that you did, I don’t really know how to explain it,” said Larcher-Gore.
Corporal Larcher-Gore says he plans on re-enlisting in the near future.
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