Recent Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry receive a war hero's welcome home this week, complete with a parade, cheers and plenty of tears.
Hundreds of people gathered around the historic plaza in Santa Fe, N.M., Monday to honor Petry.
He became only the second living recipient of the medal in July.
"It's just great to be home and see all of you," Petry said. "I love coming back and wish I could stay here with all of you."
"We lost a number of men and women out there," he added. "If you could keep them in your prayers, that's important to me."
Petry, an Army Ranger, lost his right hand when he grabbed a live grenade to protect his comrades while under fire in Afghanistan. He was a staff sergeant at the time.
In a White House ceremony, President Obama commended him for continuing to give directions to fellow soldiers, despite being shot in both legs during the ordeal.
Petry's friends and family were happy to have him home.
"I found a letter that Leroy wrote to my husband," his grandmother Bertha Alberico-Petry said. "He put a little square and said 'Grandpa save this. It could be worth some money some day.'"
"To have seen in my life time a young man to get the Congressional Medal of Honor is an honor for me," one attendee said.
Petry said he doesn't consider the medal to be solely his. He feels it represents everyone in the uniformed services.