Soldier surprises teacher

February 24, 2009 4:15:23 PM PST
Connie Richmond is a teacher at the Sabater School in Vineland. She thought she was getting an award Tuesday instead she got something better.

Sometimes a picture truly is worth a thousand words. The special guest was Mrs. Richmond's husband, Sgt. William Richmond. He's been in Iraq since September but wasn't due home on leave until Saturday, which is his wife's birthday.

"This is this is the best birthday present," she said tearfully.

The couple met just over a year ago and married when Sgt. Richmond had a four-day pass in August. He's with a military police unit out of Cherry Hill and this is his second tour in Iraq.

"You don't want to be distracted by the little things but every Sunday night we get online via web cam and we communicate," he explained.

Connie Richmond introduced her husband to the children, many of whom, helped with a butterfly project she spearheaded at school.

"In remembrance of soldiers lost in Iraq or Afghanistan wars and it's going to be a national well it's a national project so anyone can do it."

Sgt. Richmond must return to Iraq on March 12th but he'll be home for good in June and the couple plans to renew their wedding vows in August.

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