Thursday, January 7, 2010
Putnam Co Soldier Surprises Daughters At Capshaw Elem.
A Putnam County father stationed in Iraq for the last six months surprised his daughters this week by showing up at their school during a presentation. It happened on Tuesday at Capshaw Elementary School. Captain Gary McKenzie, who has been in Iraq for six months serving with the Tennessee National Guard, surprised his daughters, Brooklyn and Samantha. They had gone with their classes to the cafeteria, thinking they were getting a letter and an American flag from their dad. The letter thanked the students for sending care packages to his brigade last year. But after the letter was read, Captain McKenzie walked out onto the stage and was immediately mobbed by his daughters. His response: "It was great, really great." McKenzie was back in Cookeville for his two-week leave. He will soon return to Iraq to serve the rest of his tour there with the 194th Engineering Brigade, and is expected to come home again sometime in April.