Flags lined the way home for Private First Class Trevor Crewey, who was injured in Afghanistan.
"They've been doing all of the surgeries at Ft. Bragg," explained Jim Clendenning, the Patriot Guard Rider who set up today's surprise. "This kid is something else from what I've seen of him."
Few others could hide their excitement at welcoming home PFC. Crewey, especially because the returning hero had no idea what was waiting for him.
The Patriot Guard Riders gathered like they usually do to honor the servicemen and women, but this mission, as they call it, was different. Unlike many of the other tributes they take part in, Crewey was coming home alive.
"Don't be doing no slow salutes, we got this one back home!" instructed Clendenning with a smile.
"Hey Jim, this is a good mission," chimed in another supporter.
Before Crewey and his family could pull into the driveway, the rain started coming down. But not even the pouring rain, thunder, or lightning could chase these riders away because these supporters wanted to be there to honor this soldier.
"These young men and women that are serving our country, now, and sacrificing so much. They deserve this," stated Clendenning.
Then the moment came, Crewey's car pulled in as the gathered crowd erupted into cheers. The wounded warrior climbed out with crutches in hand, as the veterans present saluted him and he grinned and thanked them for the surprise.
Clendenning then presented Crewey with a medallion saying, "On behalf of a grateful America, a whole bunch of veterans, and the Patriot Guard Riders of Kentucky, we thank you so much for your service."
"You stood out in the wet and rain for me?" asked Crewey.
"Yeah, you deserve it!" answered Clendenning.
"I'm speechless. I don't know what to say. Not everyone gets a welcome home like this," said Crewey, adding, "I'm thankful. I'm blessed."
No, PFC. Crewey we are thankful and blessed for that you've done for us.
Click below to see the video PFC. Crewey posted while serving overseas.