HARRISONBURG, Va.- It started with a YouTube video and now it's a full fledged event all put on by James Madison University student Colin Bowie.
It's simply called a Heroes Celebration and it's meant to honor local veterans of the war in Afghanistan.
Last Fall, Colin's longtime friend and roommate Ramsey Homoud was deployed to Afghanistan, but that didn't keep them apart.
"I was able to keep in touch with him via Skype and say look, I want to do something special for you and the other men and women in your unit when you return since I'm here and you're there, that's the very least I can do, " says Bowie.
Homoud returned in February and he's attended the welcome back event for him and his entire unit on Saturday.
"It's actually very relieving being back here in America and being around family and friends," Homoud says.
They are also holding a fundraiser to benefit the Fisher House Foundation.
"If a veteran's injured, they'll bring the family close to that veteran by providing them with a place to stay," Homoud says.
So far, they've gotten a lot of help from local businesses and organizations including Chapter 632 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Michael Nicolas is a member of the VFW and a Vietnam veteran. He says he received a different kind of welcome when he returned from war.
"We don't choose to go to war, we're sent to war," Nicolas says, "when I came back from Vietnam, there were insults and name calling."
Fortunately, times have changed and Homoud hopes that this event, inspires others to take time to appreciate other people like him who keep us all safe.
"soldiers get a lot of support and it's great to see that," says Homoud.