Private 1st Class Cody Armstrong's mother Lisa couldn't let go of her son when the two reunited at the airport Thursday morning. A long line of riders from the Patriot Guard greeted him as well.
Back in August, the soldier was injured by an IED in Afghanistan.
"Five of them were injured, airlifted out, Cody was standing beside his sergeant who lost both his legs. He's the only one still in the hospital. The rest are out recovering. Cody's got some ear damage and eye damage, but other than that we're blessed by God he's doing as well as he's doing," Lisa Armstrong says.
"Glad to be back. It's all surreal. Glad to be here," Cody tells us.
After leaving the airport in a motorcade, he headed to his old stomping grounds, Northwest Rankin High School, where the significance of the hero's return was not lost on the students. All of the students, about 1,700 of them, lined the campus to greet the soldier.
Principal Charles Frazier says it's something the school had been planning for a while.
"Just started on Tuesday trying to talk to kids about the importance of what he's done. Today is a culmination of things the teacher has done in the classroom to make this event the best it can be for Cody as he comes back home," Frazier tells us.
Cody's Dad, Mike Armstrong, is the head softball coach at the school.
"They recognize Cody did something for the country. They didn't have to do this. I'm glad I work at Northwest Rankin," Mr. Armstrong says.
Cody Armstrong has been serving in the Army for two years.
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