Understandably, there probably wasn't a dry eye in the house.
After North Pole (Alaska)
sophomore Josey Tomlinson sang the national anthem during the Class 2A state basketball tournament earlier this week, she got a major surprise. An appearance by her father Michael Tomlinson, who had been deployed for the past 18 months in Afghanistan.
As reported by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
, which included touching photos as well, the moment was orchestrated by Sandra Tomlinson, Josey's mom and Michael's wife. She contacted numerous officials, including military personnel, to have her husband arrive in time to watch the performance. It was the first time he had watched her sing as a high schooler.
After Josey sang the national anthem before Monday's first game, the public address announcer introduced her dad.
"I was just like, ‘I recognize that name. Tomlinson? Wait. That's my last name!'" Josey told the newspaper. "I don't know why, but I started looking around. I was 100 percent confused. I had no idea what was going on."
Michael, a Staff Sgt. in the U.S. Army, walked out to greet Josey, and the two hugged near center court.
"I thought he should be here to finally hear her sing," Sandra told the newspaper. "It was nice that he got to; they were both so happy. I was shaking with excitement the whole time."