WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It was a very emotional homecoming for a special war hero Tuesday.
Captain Murphy, a local Marine got a huge surprise when he returned from a 9-month stay in the Middle East, as he was greeted by dozens of supporters holding flags, lining the streets of his neighborhood.
"It's an incredible feeling to come home after being away where you're not always welcome," said Murphy. "To come home to a family and a community who all supports you is an amazing feeling."
But that was just the ribbon around the real package.
A group of volunteers have been working on his home for months, to transform it and the backyard for husband, father and active Marine Captain Murphy. They built a 40 sq. ft. addition to the back of the house, constructing a storage shed and back deck and landscaping the backyard.
"Seeing this happen is incredible to me," said Murphy. "I think it's important for guys to know the country is behind them and you have something to come home to."
Groups like the Patriot Guard Riders and the Human Wall for Fallen Soldiers lined the streets, and film crews set up their gear, waiting for Murphy's 10 a.m. arrival.
Amy Tipton came up with the idea.
"One of our goals is to set an example for the community," said Tipton. "We want to show them how to treat the military and their families. This is the least we could do."
HOME AGAIN, a television production company, has been documenting the entire process for a pilot show to pitch to a network.
The idea of the show is to revitalize the homes of war heroes before they return home.
"Worst case scenario, if the show doesn't get picked up, at least we're still doing something good for our neighbors," said Tipton. "People should realize that we should all pitch in and do things for each other, not just for military but anyone who needs help, we can come together and say 'hey, I got your back.'"
Captain Murphy is home for at least four months, but he's not sure when he'll be deployed again. In the meantime, he plans to spend a lot of time with his family in his brand new backyard.
"It's going to take a while for this all to set in," said Murphy. "But I'm home and this is my home again. This is where I'll be."
The television production crews will spend the next few months editing their footage. They hope to have the pilot episode picked up nationwide.
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