Sean McGuire, left, hugs his son Logan at Edgerton Elementary School during a surprise homecoming ceremony on Feb. 27. Sean had been serving overseas with the National Guard Reserves. Logan is a fourth grader at Edgerton Elementary. Staff photo by Mark Taylor

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Edgerton Elementary third and fourth graders were called to an assembly in the school’s  gymnasium on Feb. 27.
Principal Nancy Woolery spent the first part of the assembly distributing certificates to students who earned exemplary scores on state assessment tests.
As Woolery called the last student’s name, Logan McGuire, patriotic music began playing and the Patriot Guard entered the gym carrying flags and escorting a special guest into the assembly.
That special guest was Sean McGuire, Logan McGuire’s father, who then presented his son with his exemplary certificate.
Sean McGuire had been in Africa with the National Guard Reserves for the past year, and his homecoming was a surprise for Logan McGuire.
“Thanks for taking care of my son when he was here and I wasn’t,” Sean McGuire told the gathering.
Logan McGuire, a fourth grader, was given the rest of the day off to spend with his family.
“Go have some fun with your mom and dad today,” Woolery said.
Sean McGuire also paid tribute to the Patriot Guard members in attendance.
“They honored me, we have to honor them,” he said, prompting applause from the students. “Every one of them has walked a mile in my shoes.”
The surprise assembly was arranged by Brenda Cloud, a family friend of the McGuires.
“This was his second tour,” Cloud said. “(Logan) has been missing his dad a lot.”