JONESBORO, IL (KFVS)- Wednesday afternoon turned out to be a very special one for a soldier returning from the battlefields in Afghanistan, and the students at Jonesboro Elementary School.
They all came out to welcome home U.S. Army Specialist Jerod Schaefer.
As the sirens blared from the caravan escorting Schaefer through town and onto the school, the kids waved their flags and cheered his arrival.
And within seconds of stepping out of the car he was driving the hugs began, the first one from his grandmother.
Then it was a long awaited hug from his cousin Allison Toler.
"I just really missed him so much, it's unbelievable," said Allison. "And we're going to go riding four wheelers and everything else. And we're going to play in the dirt and go down the big hill and have some fun."
The ride is going to have to be on another day though because Specialist Schaefer had a few more kids to say hello too.