FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) - It was a true hero's homecoming in Fairborn Monday night ashundreds lined the streets, waved flags, and welcomed home MarineLance Corporal Larry Draughn Jr.
"This is so amazing," said Draughn. "I didn't expect this atall."
The 22-year-old Marine, who lost both his legs and two fingersin an IED blast in Afghanistan, stood on his new prosthetic legsand thanked the enormous crowd for their support.
"I couldn't have done it without your prayers your thoughts andyour support," he said. "Now I know what I did, what I had to do,and I thank you so much."
During his rehabilitation at Walter Reed Medical Center inWashington D.C., Draughn received a purple heart. And in July, heand his family met with President Barack Obama and First LadyMichelle Obama near the White House. He said it was an honor and a"once in a lifetime experience."
His mother, Barbara Draughn beamed with pride and said, "I'mjust so proud of him. He's done so good." .
Now that he's home, Draughn said he is looking forward tospending time with wife Kaytlin and their 11-month-old, son,Garron.
He also reminded everyone to not forget about his fellow Marinesand other service men and women who aren't home yet.
"They are still over there fighting for us," he said. "So justkeep them in your prayers."
Northbound lanes of North Dixie Drive are closed after a two-vehicle rollover crash at the intersection of Wagner Ford Road.
Fairhaven Church is donating 1,500 bins of clothes, household gifts, and toys to families in the Dayton, Springboro, and Northmont school systems.
A barn and several vehicles inside were destroyed after a late night fire in Champaign County.
A Camden barn has been declared a total loss after it caught fire around noon Saturday.
A woman was rushed to the hospital by Care Flight after losing control of her vehicle on Route 4 in Germantown just before 5:00 Saturday afternoon.