U. S. Marine Lance Corporal Darren Kuenzli, 20, received a party in his honor at the American Legion Saturday morning. Kuenzli was greeted in the parking lot by a flag line and well wishes from veterans and military supporters. Kuenzli is awaiting his military orders to soon deploy to Syria.

His mom and stepdad, Amy and Tony Fowler, were also on hand to watch Kuenzli get showered with gifts from local groups including PGR and ALR riders, Military Moms, VFW and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and a thank you from Mayor Mark Nexsen for his service.

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Darren Kuenzli’s mom, Amy Fowler, hugs long time friend, Bill Weber, during the send off at American Legion. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Darren Kuenzli gets a hug from his grandmother, Alice Kuenzli, during the send off at the American Legion Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Sisto Sandoval says a prayer during the send off for Lance Corporal Darren Kuenzli at the American Legion. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Mayor Mark Nexsen shakes the hand of Lance Corporal Darren Kuenzli Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

VFW Commander Steve Knock, speaks to Kuenzli Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

Jed Kohler shakes hands with Kuenzli Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

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Jed Kohler shakes Kuenzli’s hand Saturday morning. Jillian Danielson/RiverScene

 

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