POSTED: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 5:16pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 10:31am
PENITAS, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — A heartwarming story out of Penitas--a five-year-old boy gets the surprise of a lifetime.
The stage was set for a pep rally, but it would mean even more to kindergarten student Anthony David Garza. Little did he know his father, E-4 Army Specialist Anthony Garza, had a trick up his sleeve--well, costume.
Dressed as the coyote mascot, Garza came out on the stage and surprised his young son after more than two months of not seeing him.
"When he saw me, he ran up to me right off the bat and gave me a hug, he didn't wanna let go," said Garza. "I was the same way. The emotions, I mean just not being able to see him for a while just takes a toll."
"The point is, I had a great day seeing him," young Garza explained.
Right now, Garza is stationed in Fort Hood and has previously been deployed in Iraq and Kuwait. Although he is no longer overseas, being away from his two young sons is still a challenge.
"They know daddy's in the Army, daddy has to go to work, daddy has to do what he has to do," Garza said. "I do it not only for my family but I do it for the country, to protect everything that we have."
Garza is only in the Valley for three days, but plans to spend every moment he has with his wife and sons.
"Not every moment, every second of that moment just spending with these kids. And after that, say our goodbyes once again and whenever I get free time or whenever they're available to go up and see me, we'll make it happen."
Despite the difficult situation, Garza has a simple take on the matter and what his father means to him.
"The important thing about him is I love him no matter what," young Garza said.