When fourth grader Destiny Passmore was chosen to take part in a special game during her school's Patriot Day celebration, she had no idea that she was in for a massive surprise.
The event at Tournament Hills Elementary School in Beaumont, California, started when the principal explained its significance to the children. "Fifteen years ago Sunday, our country was attacked," she said. "You were not alive during this time, but your parents were, and so were all of your teachers. We remember this day well and it brought a lot of sadness to this country."
She then told the students that lots of parents were currently deployed across the world and while most of the kids got to see their moms and dads every day, not all were so lucky. One of those students was Destiny. Her father, Gunnery Sergeant Demetrius Passmore, had been deployed with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit on the USS Boxer for the last seven months and wasn't expected home for a while.
But then the little girl noticed something funny about that eagle mascot standing on the court. Watch what happened when a teacher removed his mask!video-player-present
Is anyone else crying?
You can tell how much Destiny and her brother Dominic missed their father. Even though they regularly got to talk to him through Skype, they were growing tired of the separation and the thousands of miles between them.