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Love letters from the sand

Marines wait in line Thursday for a chance to record a Valentine’s Day message for their loved ones. More than 50 Marines and sailors with Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan braved the freezing temperatures, high winds and light snow for the chance to send a video message back home.<br>Jennifer Hlad/Stars and Stripes
Marines wait in line Thursday for a chance to record a Valentine’s Day message for their loved ones. More than 50 Marines and sailors with Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan braved the freezing temperatures, high winds and light snow for the chance to send a video message back home.

A muddy piece of Camp Leatherneck in front of a concrete barrier isn't the most romantic of locations, but Thursday morning, it was filled with messages of love.

More than 50 Marines, sailors and civilians ventured out in freezing temperatures, high winds and light snow in Helmand province, Afghanistan, to earn "major bonus points" by recording Valentine's Day messages for their spouses and families. The messages ranged from simple "I love yous" for children and spouses at home to a brief rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

Many of the Marines and sailors with Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan have only been in country for a few weeks, and don't expect to return to Camp Pendleton, Calif., until the end of the year. 

The short videos will be posted online and marketed to television stations in the families' hometowns.

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