Father and son, face to face for the first time

By Layron Livingston - bio | email

They were few.  They were proud.  They lined the street for a chance to say, 'Thank you' to an East Texas Marine...

"This kind of support is great to have," said LCpl. Seth Collier.

Collier left for his first tour of duty in Afghanistan, last October.

"We're just proud to have a wonderful daddy in our family that would fight for our freedom," said Jenny Collier, LCpl. Collier's wife.  She was holding her nearly two-month-old son, Levi, in her arms.

Seth Jenny will celebrate their first wedding anniversary in June.

Levi, the couple's first son, was born last month.  Dad listened to the birth over the telephone.

"He is a wonderful baby," said Jenny. We have been so blessed."

The family was reunited, just a few days ago.  It was the first time Collier saw and held his son.

"The look on his face was absolutely priceless," said Jenny.  "He's been wonderful with Levi."

"Just coming home to see him, was wonderful," said Collier.

The reunion has made Collier's Memorial Day homecoming even more special.

"Just pray those families that are remembering those loved ones that didn't make it home," he said, before giving us a Semper Fi.

"We're lucky all the way around," said Jenny.

LCpl. Collier grew up in East Texas, but is now stationed in North Carolina.

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