Edgerton, Kan. -- A Kansas soldier is home again after spending a year serving his country abroad. Now, he's celebrating his homecoming with a surprise visit to his son's elementary school.
Sean McGuire just got home from a year long stint serving in Africa, and couldn't wait to see the look on his son's face when he surprised him at school Monday morning.
It was a special day at Edgerton Elementary, because it was hat day, and because fourth graders were being honored for their academic achievement. But Logan McGuire had another special moment coming his way. His dad was at the awards ceremony to give him his award, after serving his country in Africa for the last year.
Logan could barely speak as he fought tears and his teacher joked it's rare to see Logan speechless.
"I was surprised my dad came home and I just couldn't say anything," Logan says. "There's nothing that could feel better."
"It was good, had me almost in tears," dad Sean says. "I'm glad to be home. It's been a long year away from the family."
Logan's big brother Sean helped plan this whole surprise and his mom Linda was in on it too.
"It was exciting," Linda says. "Never a dull moment in my family and now it's daddy's turn to take over and let mom relax for a little bit."
Sean says he's grateful to everyone for looking after his son while he was gone. And Sean was clearly moved at the show of support from the Patriot Guard, who literally and figuratively stood behind him.
Sean says you get through these long deployments by focusing on your job, not how much you miss your family. But now it's time to shift focus. The couple's oldest son is also in the military in Kuwait. They expect him home in May, and Linda says it'll be nice to have all her boys home again.