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Jerseyville, Ill. (KSDK) - The Jerseyville community welcomed home a Marine Sunday, giving him an incredible thank you for his service.

Residents of the town gathered at the American Legion Fairgrounds as The United States Air Force jazz band performed at the celebration.

It was all in honor of Lance Corporal Dustin Rister who was honorably discharged after serving in Haiti and Afghanistan.

"I didn't expect anything like this. Nothing this big, maybe a hey thanks for serving but this is crazy. It's incredible," said Rister.

Rister says he now plans to continue his education.