MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Conflicts around the world separate America's men and women of the military from their families for months at a time. When they finally reunite it's special and something to remember for a lifetime.
It was just another day at school for 3rd grade student, Charlie Ayers. His teacher asked him to stop by the library and pick up a book but when he got there he found there was more than just a book waiting for him.
His father, Sgt. Charles Ayers an U.S Army Medic was standing there with open arms ready to hug his son and nephew for the first time in 8 months.
It was a surprise reunion orchestrated by the school and Charlie's mom, Stephanie.
She said, "The kids are older and I wanted them to remember this because we just had a death in our family from the time he has left. We struggled a lot so this is for the kids."
The whole family is back together and can get back to the way things were before Charles left.
Charlie said "We missed playing video games with him that was the worst part about him being gone."
For Charles the best thing about being back is being free, "just to get in my car and go where I want is something I look forward to doing again."