Marine Receives Warm Homecoming in Tinley Park (Photos)

Friends, family and local volunteers greeted Cody Klaver, a Marine lance corporal, Thursday after he returned home from a seven-month tour in Afghanistan.

Cody Klaver, a U.S. Marine lance corporal, received a warm homecoming Thursday night after his first tour of duty, serving seven months in Afghanistan.

Local volunteers from several groups—including Soldiers Guardian Angels, the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club, the Ridgewood Riding Club and M&M Riding Club—along with Tinley Park Police officers and firefighters in Tinley Park and Frankfort, made sure that Klaver knew how appreciated he is and how happy they were to have him home for the holidays with his family and friends.

After a brief meet and greet in Tinley Park at the Super Kmart, the groups led a procession with Klaver and his family back to his home near 80th Avenue in Frankfort Square, where neighbors and friends greeted him with more cheers and thankfulness.

Check out Patch's photo gallery to see the Marine's return home.


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Deb Melchert December 14, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Before I add the contacts, I’d like to point out that these organizations do not just show up on their own. Their attendance is ONLY by request of the family or someone they appoint as a liaison for contact purposes. Yes, many of the members are veterans, and many like myself are not. The fact is, we’re all there for the same purpose, to support our veterans, their families and our veterans organizations. Please note that every single person who belongs to any of these organizations is a volunteer. A great many of them work full time. My point is that we never know how many people will show up. A lot depends on the time and place. But rest assured, whether 2 dozen or 200, someone will always show up! Patriot Guard Riders, email dozer@patriotguard.org Soldiers Guardian Angels, email sgangels@comcast.net Warrior Watch Riders, use this link http://www.warriorswatch.org/?page_id=12 Legion Riders, email Donnie Moore at Donmuff1@aol.com Tinley Park VFW Post 2791, call 532-2333
Bill Klaver December 14, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Ed, Let me tell you that all of the above organizations were extremely helpful. I cannot express how cool the guys from Leatherneck, Ridgewood, Patriot Guard, M&M, were. Sean Henson rides with Leatherneck and Ridgewood and let me tell you he did everything. He reached out to the police and fire and I believe Soldiers Guardian Angels but Deb can correct me if I am wrong. Each group made a presentation that blew us away. I hope your son returns safe and we can honor him like we did Cody.
Deb Melchert December 14, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Bill, yes each group usually does make some sort of presentation. And many people belong to multiple organizations. And yes, the groups usually do contact and coordinate with law enforcement and the fire department. I'd like to stress once again, the sooner you can contact them with a date, the better, but getting an "extremely short notice" email does happen. Bill, we're sorry we missed the chance to welcome home Cody and thank him, so please give him a hug and our sincerest thanks from my husband, myself and our sons.
Ed Rocks December 14, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Thank you so much deb and bill
Harry Callahan December 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Mr. Klaver,but why now,before during the Bush era all you got was the body count and the sight of coffins of our military men and women from the so call patriot media.You even had a comment from the Sen. Dickie Durbin calling our men and women fighting in Iraq and Afgan. a bunch of Nazis and women and child killers,hes still a Senator of Illinois and probably many of you and yourself voted for him and obama,Sorry pal I don't buy it,but I'm glad your son made it HOME safe, I did to along with others but I feel its more and act than sincere.


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