Air Force Sergeant Wil Alteus was living in New Jersey as a single parent with his daughter, Lyrique, when he was called overseas for duty last August. Nine months later Sgt. Alteus teamed up with Lyrique’s school to make a surprise return.
Once called, Alteus sent his daughter to stay with his sister, Kinley, in Florida. Neither Kinley nor Lyrique knew when he would be home since his time was extended, which made for a tear-jerking surprise for them both.
“My brother wanted to make this special for Lyrique because it was so hard leaving her for those months … it was a huge surprise for both of us!” she said.
A group of students, including Lyrique, gathered at Mount Dora Bible School this past Friday to play a word game. The phrase, “Lyrique’s Dad Is Home,” was spelled out before the second grader turned around to find her father approaching.
Watch the touching moment as she ran to his arms below: