SELLERSVILLE, Pa. - A Bucks County soldier had a special homecoming.
A large crowd gathered in Sellersville Tuesday night to welcome home Army Specialist Nathan Bergey.
Nathan and his family were escorted to the celebration by a procession of motorcycles, police and fire vehicles. A large American flag and a sea of supporters with flags and signs greeted him in the parking lot of Faith Baptist Church.
The 20-year-old construction engineer has been gone for eleven months, most of the time in Afghanistan. His family is proud of him and thrilled to have him home.
"There were times when it felt this day would never come so it was glorious," said his brother, Jarrod.
Nathan's brother-in-law, Scott Wahlberg, said, "Coming down that hill, it was completely overwhelming to see this."
His sister, Amber Wahlberg, said, "The best word I can think of, it was surreal and just having him home and being able to hug him, it was the best feeling in the world."
Nathan's mother, Marie, described how she felt.
"Overwhelmed and excited and like I can breathe again because I feel like I've been holding my breath for about 11 months now," she told 69 News.
"I was speechless just seeing everybody here," said Nathan. "Definitely emotional, seeing everybody again, but I'm excited, can't wait to start moving on with life after being away from almost a year."
He certainly has plenty to look forward to.
Amber said, "He's going to be an uncle in August so I am pregnant and he is super excited."
Nathan is thankful for the support shown Tuesday.
He said, "It means more than they actually know to have all the support, not just for me but for the military as a whole, we definitely appreciate when people are thankful for what we do."
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