MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A 7-year-old Guntersville boy won't forget this day at school for a very long time. His mother returned from a 10-month deployment and surprised him in front of his classmates.
Specialist Jennifer Kasinger drove four hours to get to Guntersville Elementary School on Friday. She's been deployed to Cuba since January.
The rest of her unit came home last week, but she was delayed, making the wait to see her son that much tougher.
"I'm so nervous," she said. "I just want to see him, yeah."
Kasinger's son, Trenten Bozarth, is in the first grade. Guntersville Elementary planned a special Veterans Day celebration on Friday because Specialist Kasinger missed it last week.
"I wanted to surprise him in some way, I just didn't know if I was going to be at home, and him not know I was coming home," said Kasinger.
The school agreed to hold the celebration and help surprise Trenten.
"Trenten Bozarth, are you here? Oh, come on down Trenten!"
"Do you know someone in the military?" a staff member asked him.
"My mom," he said. "Your mom? Tell us something that you like about your mom?" the woman asked.
"How about that I love you?" Kasinger said in his ear. He turned around and they hugged as the school cheered loudly.
Trenten celebrated a birthday while his mom was away, but Specialist Kasinger says they are going to make up for it. She's also going to be home for the holidays.