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At first she was concerned nobody would come.It was hard to pick which part to quote. Read it all here.
But people started arriving about 30 minutes before the plane landed.
They formed two lines right where passengers leave the gate area.
They held signs and waved flags and waited to erupt, despite the fact that none of them had ever met the Marine.
"Don't know him at all," said Bernard Kaplan, 80, who fought in Korea. "You never know who is going to be out here for these men. I just wanted to make sure there was at least one person here for him."
He need not have worried.
Approximately 150 people stood and waited for Cottle.