Family, friends, neighbors, borough officials and residents gathered Saturday afternoon at the Brookhaven Municipal Center to welcome home U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Michael Skinner from an eight-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The Brookhaven Fire Company created an arch bearing the American and Marine Corps Flags, while members of the national organization, “A Hero’s Welcome,” stood displaying a welcome home banner waiting for Skinner’s motorcade.
Accompanied by local police and fire personnel along with members of the Warriors Watch Riders, Skinner arrived at the municipal center with his mother, Lynn, and grandmother, Marjorie Downie.
“I am just overwhelmed,” said Skinner. “I was more nervous about today than I was when flying to Afghanistan on a C-130. I just can’t believe that all these people would give up their time to come out here and welcome me home. I am so touched and very grateful.”
A Chichester High School graduate, Skinner, 33, spent 12 years working as…