Sgt. Kirby Karnes had been deployed in Poland for 311 days. That was a long time for him to be away from his wife and three young kids. Especially during the pandemic when times are even more uncertain.
During his deployment, Kirby would Facetime with his family as much as he possibly could, but it just wasn’t the same as face-to-face communication. He’d often read his kids bedtime stories through the phone.
So when Kirby was slated to come back home a month early, he knew he wanted his homecoming to be extra special.
Though his early return nearly got called off due to COVID-19, it went through… and back to Park Hill, Missouri he went.
First, he unexpectedly showed up at home to surprise his wife and two-year-old.
Then he was off to the elementary school for a gift his other two kids never saw coming.
In the clip below, Kirby’s kids are standing outside school, talking to an interviewer about how much they miss their doting dad.
Little do they know he’s standing just feet away, hiding behind a concrete pillar and waiting for just the right moment to reveal himself.
Watch the priceless reunion below.
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