Friday, September 16, 2011
"Probably one of the most happiest moments I've had," said Army Sgt. Joshua Clark, who surprised his son at school on Friday.
Eight-year-old Josh Clark got his birthday wish fulfilled when his father came to school and surprised him.
"My daddy came back and my birthday," said the 8-year-old.
Sgt. Clark had been serving in Afghanistan since June and took an early leave of absence to surprise his son in time for the boy's birthday weekend.
"Getting back to him on his birthday was pretty significant for me. That way he can have a pretty good birthday [and] some happy memories," said Sgt. Clark, as he kissed his son.
The family wanted to plan something special for the second grader and got the staff at Pleasant Valley Elementary School to help them with the surprise.
"I just thought that it would be better as a surprise than just going and getting daddy from the airport," said Tabatha Clark, mother. "It's going to be something he'll never forget."
This was the second time that the 8-year-old has seen his father return from deployment. Sgt. Clark spent a 15-month tour in Iraq. He said the hardest part has been being away from his family.
"We make a lot of sacrifices being soldiers but we don't make near the sacrifices that our families make everyday," said Sgt. Clark.
Sgt. Clark leaves in two weeks to continue his year-long tour in Afghanistan.