Published: May 31, 2014 10:42 PM EDT

The Southwest Florida Military Museum threw a party Saturday, celebrating the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Once the news came that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, America's only prisoner of war in Afghanistan, was coming home, there was another reason to celebrate.

Ralph Santillo, president of the museum, broke the news to the crowd.

"(I'm) shocked, first of all, because I never thought that that would happen, and very pleased that we have one of our boys back home," Santillo told WINK News before he made the announcement. "That's a big thing."

For Ramon Villanueva, the news was a gift.  

Earlier in the week, Villanueva, an Air Force veteran from Cape Coral, led the community in a prayer for Bergdahl.

"I've been praying for him since 2009, and the prayers have been answered," Villanueva said. "I know that God hears all the prayers."