PITTSBURG — On Wednesday, American flags lined the street leading up to Army National Guard Maj. Josh Shay’s home, who just returned from a year in Afghanistan.

His neighbors decorated his home, put signs up and music on, but that’s not all they did.

While he was gone they helped his wife and children with chores, like mowing the grass, without even being asked — they even detailed his car and took his children out to get ice cream.   

Shay said he wasn’t sure what to expect, although with all the help the neighbors and community has given to his family he said he was not surprised they took the time to give him give him a special welcome home party.

“I’m extremely thankful for this community here and in Pittsburg,” he said.  

Shay’s wife, Michelle, said she was thankful for her community’s help and she “couldn’t have done it without them.”

Being the tight knit community that they are, his neighbor Angie Hadley said, they all pitched in to help the family.

“They are just a great family and we’re glad he’s home,” she said.

With such a community, Shay said, this is why they chose to stay in Pittsburg.

Shay also works at Pittsburg State University in the ROTC program.

He said he’s glad to come back just in time to see students he recruited graduate this spring.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.