After just returning home from serving his second tour in Afghanistan, Nicholas Ferry was welcomed home by a flag line outside of the Veteran's Cafe in Myrtle Beach on Saturday afternoon.
"I kind of put my hand on my face, and I was like, 'I think I remember not asking you to do this,' Ferry laughed, when he found out his mom helped coordinate the event.
Along with Ferry's mom, the flag line was organized by volunteers from Operation Welcome Home of Myrtle Beach- a program that recognizes service men and women upon returning home from duty.
"We try to let the people know, try to let the community know that we are here to provide a welcome home for their children when they come back from combat zones, Sharon Russell, coordinator of Operation Welcome Home of Myrtle Beach said.
Russell, who has three children currently serving the country, said she knows first hand how important military support is, and that the volunteers of this organization are what makes it succede.
"A lot of people are doing other things, and to take time out of their day to come here and honor this young man for his service to the country is a blessing, so we're happy to have that," Russell said.
Ferry said it means the world to him to be appreciated for his sacrifices.
"It's nice to know that you're still being remembered while you're gone and everything like that, and that when you do come home, there's a support group and everything like that for you," Ferry said.
Now that he's home, Ferry plans to attend Coastal Carolina University, but said he will remember his experience in the army forever.
"It's still instilled basically. It's still running through your blood even when you get out," Ferry said.