HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Hundreds of people waving signs, on motorcycles and cheering at the airport helped welcome 30 wounded warriors to the Rocket City Wednesday afternoon.
Each November, Semper Fi Community Task Force hosts Heroes Week.
The group arrived at Huntsville International Airport lobby that was momentarily turned into a cheering, red, white and blue mob. The veterans were then given a police escort ride followed by hundreds of motorcycles to their hotel at The Westin.
The community is home to Lance Corporal Kendall Bane. He was wounded in Afghanistan last year.
“I was wounded, brought back here,” said L CPL Bane. “It’s amazing. I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity. They’ve obviously worked very hard on this. Our itinerary is filled to the brim.”
L CPL Bane was shot in Afghanistan in 2012. He’s battled back through 14 surgeries.
Board members with the Semper Fi Task Force say often these warriors and their families do not receive the welcome home that so many of our military are given after returning home. These American heroes were in hospitals, recovering from injuries received in the line of duty while their units completed the deployment and returned to a heroes’ welcome.
Events for the week include a Veterans Day breakfast and parade, Marine Corps Ball, fishing tournaments, parade and school visits.
This year marks the 7th annual Heroes Week.