By Brian Webb | ABC 15 | ABC15.com | July 2, 2011
MESA, AZ – Two Marines injured at the same time in Afghanistan met up in the Valley Saturday for the first time since that fateful day.
â€œI remember every part of it,â€ said Corporal Robert Bruce. He was given a heroâ€™s welcome today in Mesa where he grew up.
A dining hall was filled with a few dozen people. Bruce spoke to the crowd about his experience, while standing on two prosthetic legs.
On March 9 Bruce rushed to help a fellow Marine who had just been injured by an exploding device. When he got there another IED exploded taking both his legs.
But today was more than a welcome home, it was a surprise. Corporal Gallagher Roed, the other Marine hurt that day, came from California to say ‘hi’. He lost one leg that day. Itâ€™s the first time the two young men have been together since the incident.
â€œWe have more brothers hurt worse than us so they are our inspiration,â€ Bruce said.
â€œIt really helps the healing process to see so many people here for you doing whatever they can,â€ Roed said.
Both men shared a few words with the crowd, got a few hugs and took a few pictures. Both say they are willing to go back to battle if they are needed.
â€œItâ€™s just another chapter of my life, Iâ€™m still standing here so I will just go forward,â€ Roed said.