HARRINGTON, Del.- Members of the Delaware National Guard returned home Monday after a year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan.
A special Memorial Day welcome home ceremony was held at the Harrington fairgrounds and attended by hundreds of family members.
Pat Ettinger eagerly awaited the return of her grandson.
"To us he's a hero, to him he's not. And that makes us more proud, because he just did a job over there. And we're just so grateful, really grateful," she said.
The Milton grandmother said she wants to make sure her grandson doesn't miss out on anything that happened while he was gone.
"We're gonna have Christmas, his birthday, everything," she said. "Just a celebration of life for us, I tell ya."
164 Delaware National Guardsmen returned home Monday. The group returned to the US last week but we're at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey until Monday morning