*With all of the bad news out there, isn’t it time we heard something heartwarming and good?
That would be a resounding YES!
Well, with the help of one school district in Alabama, a military mom was able to give her son a surprise he won’t soon forget.
Her presence at his high school graduation!
The reunion was an emotional one for Steven Turner, Jr. whose mother has been deployed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for the past nine months, according to KTLA 5.
As the senior walked across the stage at Paul W. Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa on Saturday to accept his diploma, he was greeted by his mom, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd class Vera Turner, and they both embraced and went into tears. Their strong, tearful embrace sent his mortarboard flying from his head.
Turner and his mom last saw each other at the beginning of her deployment–nine months ago and no one expected the officer to make the graduation. But she coordinated the surprise with school district officials, and didn’t even tell her husband, according to reports by the television news site.
“It means so much to me, it means the whole world,” Steven Turner told the television station, CNN affiliate WBMA. “I thought she wasn’t going to make it.”
Turner told her son she was proud of him.“All he could say was ‘Mama, thank you,” Vera Turner told the television news outlet. “Thank you, mama. Thank you. I love you.”