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Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Marine Sgt. Andrew Valora gets a hug from 6-year-old Nicholas Strijdonk, right, and other students at during a surprise welcome-home party at Copper Creek Elementary School last week. Valora and his squadron were "adopted" by a 2nd-grade class last year. He stopped by last week to say "thanks," not knowing they would be throwing him a party.