VERSAILLES, Ky. (WKYT) - It was a welcome home ceremony that was equally emotional and exciting as a Kentucky soldier was welcomed back by dozens of loved ones.
For nine months, the family and friends of 29-year-old Sgt. Michael Cain anxiously awaited the day when they could welcome home their hero and on Friday, they finally got that chance.
Friday’s welcome back celebrations for U.S. Army Sgt. Cain started at Bluegrass Airport in Lexington.
In the airport, his loved ones anxiously awaited his arrival as he returned home from a nine month deployment to Afghanistan.
Cain’s wife, kids and other family members surprised him at the airport with hand painted “Welcome Home” signs along with American flags and balloons.
Much to Cain’s surprise, the celebrations didn't stop at the airport.
His sister, Emily Woodside, arranged for a police and fire escort to accompany him into his hometown of Versailles.
“It is extremely emotional just to have him back in our sight and in our arms with us,” Woodside said.
Once he arrived in Versailles, State Representative James Kay presented him with a Kentucky Colonel award.
Cain says the outpouring of support from his community was simply overwhelming.
"I didn’t expect all of this, not by any means. It’s good though and it makes the welcome home that much better," Cain told us Friday. “Being able to be home and be back with my family is awesome.”
Sgt. Cain says when he finally gets to his house, his first order of business will be kicking up his feet and relaxing with his wife and three kids.