“Who wouldn’t give an ugly pair of feet to serve these amazing people?” said First Lieutenant Nathan Rimpf as he received the keys to his new home on November 7. These words show the indescribable gratitude and humility exuded by Rimpf, Leesville graduate of 2006.
Rimpf is the sixth recipient of a home courtesy of Operation: Coming Home, an organization that donates homes to wounded veterans who served in the Middle East. After stepping on an IED (improvised explosive device) in Afghanistan on July 8 of last year, Rimpf is now a double amputee and walks and runs with prosthetic legs. He has made a speedy and inspirational recovery.
The ceremony began with live music by a local band, followed by ceremonial bagpipes and a military band. Rimpf arrived on a dune buggy and received applause from his family, friends, supporters and fellow servicemen and women. As soon as Rimpf exited the buggy, the formerly cloudy sky became flooded with sunshine.
The key ceremony for Hero Home Six included recognition of a litany of generous donors and numerous short speeches by their representatives. The mutual exchange of “thanks” between Rimpf and the many donors was moving to say the least.
The ceremony concluded with a surprise grand finale. Spectators watched in amazement as four parachuters cascaded to the lot across the street from Rimpf’s abode. The parachuter attached to a 40ft American flag delivered the keys to Rimpf, as Phillip Phillip’s “Home” was performed in the background.
Needless to say, the ceremony was moving and uplifting to all in attendance. Nathan Rimpf’s service and humility will be forever appreciated by his Leesville family.
For current information about Nathan’s journey: Nathan Rimpf Support Fund Facebook page