Rectory First Grader Gets Surprise Visit From Military Dad


Photo taken by Lisa Walsh of Rectory

Video taken by Lisa Walsh of Rectory

On May 15, 2019, first-grader Alina Z. in Rectory’s elementary school received an amazing gift at lunch. Her father had been away in the military for one year, out in a desert in the middle east. She had helped her mother all year taking care of her little brother. Her father was supposed to arrive home in five days but surprised her at school during lunch instead. Many Rectory students and faculty members witnessed this event and were greatly moved. This reporter, live on the scene, said, “It warmed my heart to see a family being reunited.” The attached video shows the actual footage of the military father coming home and surprising his daughter. Grab a tissue before viewing!