Veterans Day is coming up on Monday, but an elementary school in Plover celebrated it today with a very special flag raising ceremony. At the ceremony, a special guest teaching the kids that sometimes if you wish hard enough for something it just may happen to come true.
The excitement was almost unbearable as Roosevelt Elementary's near 500 students gathered in front of the school flag pole as Principal Rob Greenwood announced, "Boys and girls may I introduce to you Staff Sergeant Matthew Fischer of the United States Air Force."
"I was nervous," Staff Sgt. Fischer laughs. "I was excited. I was hoping we actually pulled off the surprise and they hadn't seen me."
It's been four long months since Staff Sgt. Matthew Fischer has seen his family. But on Friday, months of waiting came to an end during a special Veterans Day celebration at Roosevelt Elementary in Plover.
"It took them a second," Staff Sgt. Fischer says looking adoringly at his two kids."I walked out and they looked at me and they looked at me and then they got so excited."
"I was crying tears of joy," third grader Avery Fischer gushes.
Avery and his sister, kindergartner Evie, had no idea dad drove all night long from where he is stationed in Wichita Kansas to be there.
"I knew that they had no idea what was going on, none," Mom, Kim Fischer, chuckles. "I was worried he was going to walk out and they would be like 'Hey! How are you doing?' Without really connecting with hey, that's daddy."
When Avery and Evie first found out about their school's Veterans Day celebration, they told their mom they wished their dad could be there. That got her thinking, what if he could?
When NewsChannel 7 asked the kids if Dad pulled off the surprise both giggled saying, "A little."
"I was really excited and it felt like my brain was going to explode, Avery adds.
"Brilliant! It was brilliant," Kim says of the surprise. "They're so overjoyed, overwhelmed. I loved seeing it. My kids happiness is the number one priority and I love seeing them happy. We're a family again."
Reunited, the family will now move to Wichita together and Staff Sgt. Fischer couldn't be happier.
"It's the little, everyday jokes and the fun and the reading books and singing the bedtime song all kinds of stuff that I missed."
There is the possibility Staff Sergeant Fischer could be deployed in April. But right now the family says they're taking life one day at a time and enjoying every minute they have together.
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