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updated: 11/15/2011 4:26 PM

Libertyville marine gets hero's welcome home

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  • Marine Cpl. Paul Marqui of Libertyville is greeted by his mom and dad, Joann and Peter Marqui, on Tuesday upon his arrival home after serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Marqui arrived home atop a Libertyville fire truck, and was escorted by the Warriorswatch Riders.

       Marine Cpl. Paul Marqui of Libertyville is greeted by his mom and dad, Joann and Peter Marqui, on Tuesday upon his arrival home after serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Marqui arrived home atop a Libertyville fire truck, and was escorted by the Warriorswatch Riders.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Marine Cpl. Paul Marqui of Libertyville rides atop a Libertyville fire truck down Butterfield Road on his way home Tuesday after serving as tour of duty in Afghanistan.

       Marine Cpl. Paul Marqui of Libertyville rides atop a Libertyville fire truck down Butterfield Road on his way home Tuesday after serving as tour of duty in Afghanistan.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Marine Cpl. Paul Marqui of Libertyville signs a banner for the Warriorswatch Riders who escorted him home Tuesday after he finished a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

       Marine Cpl. Paul Marqui of Libertyville signs a banner for the Warriorswatch Riders who escorted him home Tuesday after he finished a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 

Marine Cpl. Paul Marqui received the rock star treatment Tuesday when he arrived home atop a Libertyville fire truck, and escorted by the Warriorswatch Riders, after completing a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

After being greeted by Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler, his long journey home to Libertyville was punctuated by many hugs and kisses from family and friends, and members of the motorcycle crew that paved the way for him.

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Upon his arrival, Paul's parents, Joann and Peter Marqui, waved the American flag in the driveway of their Butterfield Road home to the sound of cheers for their son.

When asked if there were any special plans or parties in his future, Marqui, a 2008 graduate of Libertyville High School, replied, "right now, just some rest and relaxation."

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