HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – High school seniors across the Tennessee Valley are graduating this week. One senior at Huntsville High School just wanted her airman brother to come home for her graduation and today, she had no idea that wish would come true.
HHS Seniors gathered at the Von Braun Center Thursday morning to rehearse their walk across the stage for graduation. Senior Brittany O’Keefe hasn’t seen her brother in over a year, and today he gave her a graduation gift she’ll never forget.
Devancy Jefferson is in the Air Force, currently living in Japan, and wanted to surprise his sister for graduation.
“Homecoming is always the best part,” Jefferson said. “Always something to look forward to … family, friends.”
Brittany had no idea her brother, his wife, and his daughter were waiting to surprise her. Her name was called onstage, and he revealed himself as she exited the stage.
This is also the first time Brittany has met her niece.
“I haven’t seen him in a year and I thought he was going to miss my graduation,” O’Keefe said. “And that’s the last thing that I wanted.”
“I think it was a success,” Jefferson said. “This couldn’t be done without all these people right here. Took a lot of work.”
It’s more than coincidence that Brittany was wearing a shirt that says “I’m proud to be an Air Force sister.” It’s the love, and pride, of siblings proud of one another.
Senior Airman Jefferson is a 2016 grad of Huntsville high and has been stationed in Japan for two years. He has two weeks to spend at home with friends and family, then he’ll go back for one more year.