The Freeman’s youngest son, Stanley, 10, a fifth-grader, also attended the pep rally and was equally emotional.
“He threw all of his stuff down and came running,” Jeremy told the Star-Tribune.
Daughter Makenzie, 13, an eighth-grader, also got a surprise visit at school.
“She saw him and took off running and jumped into his arms,” April told the newspaper.
April Freeman said it was hard keeping the “surprise for weeks,” but said it paid off in a big way.
“I was, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ ” April said. “It was exciting and emotional to see them surprised.”
Jeremy, 37, is a jet engine mechanic who also served a four-month tour in England. He will be stationed locally and plans to retire from the service next year.
The Freemans will be enjoying a traditional dinner with family in Cleveland, Tennessee, where Jeremy and April were high school sweethearts and married soon after graduation.
“We’re going to celebrate at my mom’s,” Jeremy said.