Anthony Addison went to school Monday thinking it would be like any other day in second grade. However, his father, Gregory Addison, who has been deployed as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army in Syria for the last year, had a different plan.
“We had a demobilization process, where they checked all our vitals, and now I’m out on leave until my next time runs out,” Addison said.
Anthony was chosen to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at school, when he got the surprise he has been waiting for.
“I felt for more anxiety and nervousness, and then I saw him and he ran over to me and it felt good to finally see my son again,” Addison said.
It may have been a year since Anthony has seen his dad, but he is reminded of him every day by a picture of him hanging up in his classroom.
“I look at it every single day and yell Daddy at it,” Anthony said.
Most of their communication has been through facetime and encrypted WiFi apps.
“I get to see him in real life now, instead of the phone,” Anthony said.
It has been a long year for both them, but Addison hopes one day his son will understand.
“I can still support him while still serving my country as well, and I hope he understands that once he gets a bit older,” Addison said.
Deployement in the reserves are on a 3 to 5 year rotation, so there is a possibility Addison could be deployed again. While there are uncertainties in Addison’s future, there is thing that is for sure: it is a day that both of them will always hold onto.