LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- Saturday evening, a quiet suburban neighborhood in Lyndon, prepared to welcome back one of their own.
"To be honest with you, we've missed him like crazy, but, we're just ready to have him home." Jennifer Imorde said about her husband.
Lieutenant Colonel George Imorde spent the last few months serving overseas in Afghanistan, with the National Guard.
This Memorial Day weekend, his wife Jennifer and their children decided to do something special for his return
"Umm...hug him!" Their daughter said when asked what was the first thing she would do when her father returned home.
"Give him a big hug." Their son responded as he talked about his father.
"He thought about surprising them during a camp out. But, we decided to turn the tables around for him." Jennifer Imorde said "This morning, when I found out he really was on a plane, I went on and told Embry, Jane and Jacks."
She also spread the word to the neighbors. More than 100 lined the street, signs in hand, waiting.
The moment finally arrives. Lieutenant Colonel Imorde is home.
"Well, this is a little bit overwhelming." George Imorde said "I mean, I didn't expect any of this at all. I was actually trying to come home and surprise my children. I guess they did a reverse trick!"
Safely removed from a war-zone, he can now rest with his family.
"I'm truly blessed and honored." Lt. Col. Imorde said "It's something you realize initially when you leave on a deployment or something, that your support network back home and how strong it is. It's good to be home." He said.