Military Dad Surprises Kids With Homecoming at School

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Published on October 3, 2019 -
Military Dad Surprises Kids With Homecoming at School

Military Dad Surprises Kids With Homecoming at School

And cottle counties) under the slight risk category i'm jon hansen.

After an almost nine month deployment overseas-- a local hero returned home today.

Terri but he did it in a special way-- his kiddos got their biggest surprise yet right after class in the school auditorium.

Terri klbk's "elizabeth pace" at the big reveal today and joins us now in the h-d news center with their story.


Elizabeth it's a heartwarming story that happened here in town at wheelock elementary school.

We got to see a father hug his kids again afer being in combat, risking his life every day for 8 months.

Specialist joshua mckee//u.s. army "i got butterflies in my stomach.

It's like i never met my kids, but i'm meeting them again all over again.

So i'm excited.

Specialist joshua mckee stepped off the plane at about 10 o'clock this morning and walked right into wheelock elementary school where his family of four awaits.

Specialist joshua mckee//u.s. army "hey javoni, zoey, diamond.

I'm here, finally happy to see you, ready to see you, missed you so much, and i can't wait to give you guys hugs and kisses.

I love you."

It's a moment that's been building inside this soldier for the last eight and a half months while he served in iraq.

Specialist joshua mckee//u.s. army "just being able to hold them, that's it.

I haven't held them in forever.

That's my life, that's why i do what i do, is for them."

His wife -- beatriz -- is in on the surprise..

But his two little ones think they're rehersing for a class performance and will see their dad in 2 weeks.

But little do they know... he's right in this room.

Cindy andrews, wheelock principal these people are precious and they're precious in our wheelock community just to share in the love you know theyr'e feeling and being able to be together and be apart of that was monumental.

It's during a game of simon says when camoflauge walks across the stage..... this is the first time they've hugged him since august of last year.

Specialist joshua mckee//u.s. army it's surreal, the butterflies just got even worse in my stomach it felt like meeting my first love, these kids are everything to me, all three of them.

It's the reason i do what i do because of them.

Cindy andrews, wheelock principal i'm retiring this year so, i can't do this, to end my career with a celebration like this...a family is what my career has been about it's about these kids and that just makes it all worth while.

Mckee takes a sigh of relief finally being back in home in his family's arms. elizabeth mckee is scheduled to return to his post at fort campbell in kentucky in the next few weeks after

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