A U.S. Marine whose family lives in Heath was officially welcomed home by the Heath City Council at their meeting Aug. 4. with a proclamation issued by Mayor John Ratcliffe (see photo below).
Lance Corporal Mark McKenna recently arrived home safely from his deployments to Iraq, Guam and on the USS Boxer.
Heath Department of Public Safety Chief Terry Garrett (who has two sons serving overseas in the military) presented the Marine with a Survivor Cord Warrior Band and Welcome Home Challenge Coin (see photo above).
Mayor Ratcliffe also recognized McKenna’s parents, Scott and Marsha McKenna; his sister, Megan; and grandfather, Tim Farley, for the sacrifices they have made during McKenna’s military service.
During his tour of duty, he received distinguished recognition, including a Purple Heart, Presidential Award, Expert Rifleman Badge and Jump Wings Pin.
He graduated from Garland Christian Academy and then joined the Marines in 2006.
If you have a family member or friend who has returned home to Heath from active duty, the Heath City Council would like to honor him or her during a Council meeting. For more information, please contact Assistant City Manager Kim Dobbs at 972-771-6228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch for a more detailed feature news article about McKenna soon in TheRockwallNews.com.