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Rain doesn't dampen wounded soldier's homecoming

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BRENTWOOD, TN (WSMV) -

Rain didn't dampen the homecoming celebration for injured soldier Spc. Andrew Wilson.

Crowds gathered along the route from the airport, to Brentwood, to his home off Concord Road in the midst of the rain on Tuesday.

There were shouts of "Good Man! Good Man!" from people who probably don't know Wilson personally, but appreciate his service.

Everyone was drenched from the rain, but the motorcade from the airport to Wilson's home was full of joy.

The celebration began at the Nashville International Airport when Wilson arrived in a wheelchair. The 24-year-old lost both legs while on patrol in Afghanistan.

"It feels amazing," said Wilson. "It's a relief to be home and get away from the hospital setting. It's really nice."

Applause broke out as Wilson exited the airport of an awaiting limousine. Family members expressed their appreciation.

"It's a big day. We're excited to have him back in Tennessee," said Gay Lynn Bruner, Wilson's mother.

The Patriot Guard Riders and Brentwood Police led the motorcade from the airport to Wilson's home in Brentwood.

Thousands lined Franklin Road waving American flags and yellow ribbons adorned the five mile path to the soldier's home.

The pouring rain couldn't stop well-wishers from Brentwood and beyond.

"It was so amazing to see it go from a grassroots Brentwood thing," said Brentwood resident Jason Hollingsworth.

Children were among the thousands of well-wishers. Video from the Brentwood Police Department's lead car showed what it looked like to the soldier.

A sign outside Lipscomb Elementary School welcomed Wilson home. Then he saw more flags, more people and heard more cheering as he was taken home.

"It goes further than Brentwood. It goes to the county, to the state and to Middle Tennessee," said Brentwood Police Chief Ricky Watson. "Everybody supports a warrior."

The warrior is home now, but the battle is just beginning.

Wilson has new prosthetic legs that he's working to feel comfortable with.

In the meantime, those who love him and strangers as well are cheering him to the finish line.

Wilson received a gold coin from the Wounded Warrior group. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam also sent a proclamation and Brentwood proclaimed this "Andrew C. Wilson Day."

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