Deployed dad surprises son in front of entire school


MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Few at Schwartz Elementary’s Veterans Day assembly will forget the moment when fifth grader Adrian Williams cried in front of the whole school.

He welcomed his dad home from more than 18 months overseas.

Dad, Harold, served in the Army first in Germany and then in the Middle East.

Adrian didn’t know his father would be at school; it was all a surprise.

“I was hoping that it was him, I was crossing my fingers when they said he was a Sergeant from Germany and from Iraq. I was hoping it was him,” Adrian said.

School leaders organized the homecoming in 24 hours, tacking it on the school’s already patriotic Veterans Day ceremony.

Father and son said they are glad to be back together.

“In the Army, the sacrifice, everything, it’s worth it,” Harold said. “A lot of parents don’t understand and they take it for granted. I know I sacrifice a lot of time, but it’s always worth it.”

Harold will now be stationed at Ft. Hood.