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Story by KSBY News Team

Community members in Santa Maria are welcoming a Marine who returned home from deployment.

Welcome Home Military Heroes held a vehicle salute for Richard Gamino, an engineer in the U.S. Marine Corps., at Oakley Park in Santa Maria Sunday.

The non-profit organization called the event “Frosty’s Veteran Salute” named after Forrest “Frosty” Frost, a beloved World War II veteran who died Thursday in Oceano.

Gamino said he is thankful for the community’s support.

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“Seeing all of this, what the community has done, Band of Brothers, I thought that it was pretty crazy for me I never experienced anything like that,” Gamino said.

Organizers said they hope to host more “Welcome Home” events at local airports once it is safe to do so post-pandemic.

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