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Soldier’s early return makes kids’ day

Langston Hughes first-grader Jaida Hammond hugs her dad, Eric Hammond, a chief warrant officer in the U.S. Army, on Wednesday in Leslie Ross’ classroom at the school. Hammond, who has been serving in Iraq, is home for 15 days of leave and surprised his daughter with a visit to her classroom.

Langston Hughes first-grader Jaida Hammond hugs her dad, Eric Hammond, a chief warrant officer in the U.S. Army, on Wednesday in Leslie Ross’ classroom at the school. Hammond, who has been serving in Iraq, is home for 15 days of leave and surprised his daughter with a visit to her classroom.

May 14, 2009

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Soldier’s early return makes kids’ day

One Langston Hughes Elementary student received a special surprise at school today. Enlarge video

It was Daddy Doughnut Day at Langston Hughes School on Wednesday, and Jaida Hammond thought her father wouldn’t be there.

He was on his way home for leave from Iraq.

Or so she thought.

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Eric Hammond surprised his daughter — and members of her first-grade class — just before school let out.

He was met with a hug, a few tears and a leftover doughnut.

“I was glad to be able to include the kids in it because they’ve sent me packages during the time that I’ve been gone,” Hammond said. “To include the kids along with Jaida was a great feeling.”

Hammond, who is on a 15-day leave, is scheduled to conclude his tour in October.

And before those 15 days are up, Jaida has one thing she wants to do with her dad.

“Play tennis with him,” she said.

Comments

Aileen Dingus 5 years, 6 months ago

AWWW! Now I have to reapply mascara.

Not really- I don't wear makeup, but if I did, I'd certainly need a touchup! Great story. Brought a tear or two to my eyes.

onehotmomma 5 years, 6 months ago

What a great surprise for Jaida, her classmates, and teachers!! "Happy tears" were probably the accessory of the day at Langston Hughes.

Have fun with your dad Jaida.

Connacht 5 years, 6 months ago

What a great story. I can't imagine how happy Jaida must be today.

I wish the LJworld would post more uplifting and happy stories like this one.

urthatguy66044 5 years, 6 months ago

Welcome home, and very sneaky :-)

Very good story to read first thing! Thanks ljworld for doing this story.

supernik 5 years, 6 months ago

a very very great surprise!!! Eric glad you're back for a little while :* and the tears!!! man oh man cried like a baby!!! love it when they get to come home! and yes thanks ljworld for doing this story!

doggymom 5 years, 6 months ago

What a wonderful surprise for Jaida! And thanks to her daddy and all the other men and women in the armed forces for their service, patriotism and sacrifice. It is very much appreciated.

Eric, be safe until you return in October. Prayers for safe return for all service men and women are a constant.

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