CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - This year's Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks at P&G Riverfest had a very special meaning for America's military, especially one family.
PFC Gregory Smart left for Afghanistan to serve with the Army early last year, and his wife Ashly has understandably been counting down the days until his return.
With some careful coordination, this year's fireworks are one to remember for this family.
"You watch the homecoming videos and it's like, that would be amazing to have something like that happen to me. But, you never expect it," said Ashly Smart.
To her, you could call her husband's homecoming, literally, a dream.
"It's weird because I had a dream about it last night. But, it's just a dream, it's not going to happen, and low and behold, here is his - my husband's home," she said.
PFC Gregory Smart has been serving in Afghanistan since January 2013.
"It was great. That moment was great. It's for her. This was for her and my family," he said.
It's a relief, too. He's been on American soil for weeks now keeping this huge secret.
"Anything I said or anything I did out of the normal would have thrown up red flags and she would have been, 'Are you coming home,'" Gregory said.
The Rising Sun natives were married a little more than a year before Gregory had to leave for training and deployment.
"This deployment was whatever it takes to get home to my wife, and to get home to my family," he told FOX19.
He is now on leave for, up to, the next year. In that time, it's all about family and friends, and finally starting a life they've had to put on hold.
"We just recently got a house, and I was trying to get all that together before he got home, so I guess, pretty much start our lives together. We never really got a chance to," Ashly told FOX19.
The couple lives in Tennessee right now while Smart is station at Fort Campbell.