MOORESVILLE, N.C. – An injured Marine from Mooresville received a warm welcome home Friday afternoon.
Marine Corporal Garrett Carnes was escorted home on a motorcycle by hundreds of Patriot Guard Riders from both North Carolina and Virginia.
Carnes is a 2008 graduate of Mooresville High School who lost parts of both legs when an IED exploded near him during a military operation in Afghanistan in February.
Signs, flags, thank you notes and more lined the streets of Mooresville as hundreds showed their support.
"It's important for us to show our support," said Teresa Phares, whose son is also in the Marines. "These young men and women sign a blank check, up to and including their lives for us every day."
The Patriot Guard escorted Carnes and his family from Maryland to Mooresville before a ceremony at the Charles Mack Citizen Center.
Carnes has been through several surgeries and constant physical therapy in Maryland. Carnes' wife, Courtney, said her husband's plan is to walk, then run on prosthetic legs and transition life back to Mooresville.
"It should life his spirits beyond belief and push him through to fully recover," Courtney Carnes said.
World War II veteran Lynn King doesn't know Carnes but plans to meet him.
King's plan is simple.
"Give him a hug, say thank you," King said.