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U.S. Marine First Lieutenant James Byler, who was (Credit: Ed Betz)

U.S. Marine First Lieutenant James Byler, who was injured in Afghanistan, listens as his mother Janet stands behind him, during a ceremony to break ground on renovations to his home in Huntington. (March 31, 2012)

Marine Lt. James Byler's life back on Long Island

More than 150 residents turned out at the start of the Memorial Day weekend Saturday at the Tri-Village Little League field to honor one of their own, Marine Lt. James Byler, who was seriously wounded last year in Afghanistan

U.S. Marine First Lieutenant James Byler, who was
(Credit: Ed Betz)

U.S. Marine First Lieutenant James Byler, who was injured in Afghanistan, speaks during a ceremony to break ground on renovations to his home in Huntington. (March 31, 2012)

U.S. Marine First Lieutenant James Byler, who was
(Credit: Ed Betz)

U.S. Marine First Lieutenant James Byler, who was injured in Afghanistan, listens as his mother Janet stands behind him, during a ceremony to break ground on renovations to his home in Huntington. (March 31, 2012)

U.S. Marine First Lieutenant James Byler, left center,
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U.S. Marine First Lieutenant James Byler, left center, who was injured in Afghanistan, watches during a ceremony to break ground on renovations to his home in Huntington. (March 31, 2012)

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U.S. Marine First Lieutenant James Byler, who was
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U.S. Marine First Lieutenant James Byler, who was injured in Afghanistan, is helped to his chair by his father Phil and his mother Janet. (March 31, 2012)

U.S. Marines lead community leaders to the home
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U.S. Marines lead community leaders to the home of U.S. Marine First Lieutenant James Byler, who was injured in Afghanistan during a ceremony to break ground on renovations to his home in Huntington. (March 31, 2012)

A gathered crowd gives Lt. James Byler a
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A gathered crowd gives Lt. James Byler a round of applause and their thanks as he passes by in the limo with his family. (May 28, 2011)

Lt. James Byler stands awestruck in front of
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Lt. James Byler stands awestruck in front of the crowd giving him applause and their thanks as they honor him on Saturday. (May 28, 2011)

Children try to catch a glance of Lt.
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Children try to catch a glance of Lt. James Byler as he emerges from the limo. (May 28, 2011)

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Finley McCloskey shakes Lt. James Byler's hand and
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Finley McCloskey shakes Lt. James Byler's hand and thanks him for his service and sacrifice. (May 28, 2011)

Anne McCormick shakes Lt. Bylers hand, thanking him
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Anne McCormick shakes Lt. Bylers hand, thanking him for his service and sacrifice. (May 28, 2011)

Mary Beth Palo shakes Lt. James Byler's hand
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Mary Beth Palo shakes Lt. James Byler's hand and gives him a hug, thanking him for his service and sacrifice. (May 28, 2011)

Little Leaguers ask for Lt. James Byler's signature
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Little Leaguers ask for Lt. James Byler's signature on their baseball caps. (May 28, 2011)

Lt. James Byler shakes hands with members of
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Lt. James Byler shakes hands with members of the crowd at a Memorial day event at Greenlawn Memorial Park honoring the local hero. Byler lost his legs and two fingers to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. (May 28, 2011)

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Lt. James Byler is escorted onto the baseball
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Lt. James Byler is escorted onto the baseball field to begin the ceremony. (May 28, 2011)

Lt. James Byler throws the first pitch of
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Lt. James Byler throws the first pitch of the baseball game. (May 28, 2011)

Little Leaguers stand at the beginning of the
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Little Leaguers stand at the beginning of the ceremony and recite the national anthem. (May 28, 2011)

Little Leaguers stand at the beginning of a
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Little Leaguers stand at the beginning of a ceremony and recite the national anthem. (May 28, 2011)

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