Private First Class Jarad Backey thought he was just speaking to elementary school students at the Highland Christian Academy. But his mother and the Warrior's Watch Riders helped arrange a surprise celebration.
Backey returned from Iraq less than a week ago.
One of the students asked him what was his favorite part of the job.
"There are a lot of opportunities to go to places I wouldn't normally go. I've been all over the place. So farm the training I've gotten, I jump out of airplanes-- how many people can say they jump out of airplanes?" said Backey.
This will be a short stay at home. Pfc. Backey is returning to Iraq soon and will be there through this August.