Rosemarie Fitzpatrick of Coram made preparations to welcome home her only son, Marine Lance Cpl. William J. Fitzpatrick, who is the honoree at the third annual Hometown Hero's Welcome ceremony at MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma.
Blue Star mom Rosemarie Fitzpatrick unfurls a banner in the living room of her Coram home that she had printed for her son's return hom after serving in Afghanistan. (Nov. 22, 2011)
Blue Star mom Rosemarie Fitzpatrick bakes cupcakes in the kitchen of her Coram home for her son's homecoming. (Nov. 22, 2011)
Blue Star mother Rosemarie Fitzpatrick takes a break from preparing for her son's homecoming from a tour in Afghanistan to smoke a cigarette on the balcony of her Coram home. (Nov. 22, 2011)
Rosemarie Fitzpatrick, left, embraces Cynthia Ventura, right, president of the Long Island Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers, at MacArthur Airport. Fitzpatrick's son, Marine Lance Cpl. William Fitzpatrick, who returned from serving in Afghanistan, received a citation from Islip Town Councilman Gene Parrington. (Nov. 23, 2011)
Marine Lance Cpl. William Fitzpatrick, receives a citation from Islip Town Councilman Gene Parrington as he returns home from his deployment in Afghanistan, through Long Island MacArthur Airport. His mother, Rosemarie Fitzpatrick, watches from the right. (Nov. 22, 2011)
A portrait of Marine Lance Cpl. William Fitzpatrick in uniform hangs in his mother's Coram home. (Nov. 22, 2011)