SELLERSVILLE, Pa. - Soldiers with the 333rd Engineering Company returned to Pennsylvania Tuesday.
The hometown of one of the soldiers has a special "welcome home" ceremony planned for him in Sellersville, Bucks County and the public is invited to attend.
69 News spoke with the family of Army Specialist Nathan Bergey before they left home to pick him up in Berks County.
"It's unbelievable that the day is finally here. It just seems like we waited a long time," said Nathan's mother, Marie.
"Eleven months ago today is when we dropped him off in Reading," said his father, Scott.
Nathan, a construction engineer, spent most of his time away in Afghanistan. His family couldn't be prouder.
Scott said, "When 9/11 happened, he was what, seven years old? He was seven years old and that's when he decided he wanted to go into the armed service and he never wavered from that."
Nathan's family is relieved the 20-year-old is finally coming home safe and sound. Almost a year of waiting can take its toll.
"It's been very much up and down because depending on where he was at in Afghanistan, sometimes he would be Facebook messaging us daily, other times it would go two, three weeks," said Scott. "After day nine or day ten and you haven't heard anything, as a parent you just naturally go down that road of fear."
Now his mother, father, brother, sister, and brother-in-law are filled with excitement.
If Marie Bergey had to guess what her son is looking forward to the most, she said with a laugh, "Home cooked meal maybe?"
But first, Nathan is getting a true hero's welcome.
An escort of police, fire and motorcycles will lead him to a welcome home ceremony Tuesday night at Faith Baptist Church in Sellersville.
All are welcome to attend and asked to arrive by 7:30 p.m.
The church's address is 700 North Main Street in Sellersville.
Allentown, PA 18102
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