“We have two sons in the service. Our Marine, Phil, had just returned to the U.S and would not be able to make it home for Thanksgiving. My wife, Annie, had planned to visit Phil in NC for Veterans’ Day but a broken ankle changed all that. So, we thought surprising her with our other son Paul, an airman stationed in Arizona, would be a good morale boost for her.
My brother graciously offered his home as a venue for logistical reasons, and his stepson picked up Paul from the airport and brought him for the surprise. As we posed for a “family photo,” Annie became suspicious that something was going on behind her, but never suspected who came up alongside her moments later.
So the main personalities here are my son Paul, USAF Airman stationed at JB Davis-Monthan in Arizona, and Annie (his mom with broken ankle). Also, it was Annie’s birthday the following day, which made things even better!”