Picture of Sr. Master Sgt. Ryan Edwards and his family

Elliott Point ES Arranges Once In A Lifetime Homecoming

Two Elliott Point Elementary School students, 10-year-old Natalie and 7-year-old Vanessa, got an unexpected surprise on Wednesday during the school’s annual Kindergarten Veterans’ Day parade.  Sr. Master Sgt. Ryan Edwards, the girl’s father, has been deployed in Southwest Asia for the last eight months.  Scheduled to return on Thursday, Edwards surprised his daughters by showing up a day early.

As the parade made its way through the halls, Edwards took his place at the end of the procession.  The kindergartners proudly waved their flags and banners as their upperclassman cheered them on. 

The moment the girls saw their father was an emotional, joy-filled moment and one that moved everyone to tears.  According to Principal, Kathy Ard, the girls had been counting down the days for the last month.  The family had stayed in contact through video calls and Facebook, but nothing compares to actually having their father home.

“It was a great day,” said Lisa, Ryan’s wife.  “This was a once in a lifetime homecoming.”

The first thing that Edwards said he wanted to do was to take the girls to see the movie “Trolls” and then the whole family was going to Disney World. 

“It was special to have him as a guest,” she said. “I was happy to be able to do this for this family.”

Welcome home Sr. Master Sgt. Ryan Edwards!

To see a complete photo gallery of the Kindergarten Parade and Sr. Master Sgt. Ryan Edwards' Homecoming, visit the OCSD Facebook page.