It was Red, White, and Blue Day at Zion Chapel School when 7-year-old Kanyn Jacobs received the surprise of a lifetime.
The school hosted a day of patriotism with most of the students dressing in the appropriate colors and engaging in activities that honored America.
During the school’s day-long event, Kanyn prepared to read his essay on patriotism and took the stage in the auditorium. He stood right next to what, at first glance, looked like just another patriotic prop: a box covered in the stars and stripes of the American flag.
Before he began reading his essay though, his first grade teacher Lisa Smith suggested he call his dad so he could listen to it.
Kanyn’s dad is National Guard Sergeant Matt Jacobs. He hadn’t seen his family in person for nine months.
Sergeant Jacobs was on deployment in Kuwait. Or so, Kanyn thought!
Before the call had even gone through, a pair of hands busted right through the patriotic box next to the boy.
Kanyn looked at it with wide eyes, but his shock turned to pure happiness when he saw who had broken through the box.
“I thought ‘What is that?’ Then I saw his arm come out and thought, ‘Is that my daddy?’ And then realized it is my daddy,” he recalled happily.
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