Pfc. Eric Delahoussaye arrived home from active duty in Iraq a day earlier than expected, but it wasn't a day too soon for his parents Glenn and Catherine Delahoussaye of Frankfort.
Expecting their son's plane to land in Lexington 5 p.m. Monday, they were surprised to receive a phone call from Eric Delahoussaye at the airport Sunday evening.
"We wanted to surprise him at the airport with friends and family and he ruined our surprise," Glen Delahoussaye said with a smile as he sat with his son and wife in their family room Tuesday afternoon. "We had a banner made up for him and everything."
It's been one year this month since the 20-year-old soldier was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade and left the states for training in Vicenza, Italy, headquarters of the southern European Task Force. In July 2003 he was deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq, where he was stationed until Feb. 19.
Like many parents across the country, since her son's departure Catherine Delahoussaye has tied a yellow ribbon around a tree in the front yard and hung a banner with one star on the front door symbolizing her son's service.
This is the first time Catherine and Glenn Delahoussaye have seen their son in a year and they are excited about spending time with him during his 30-day visit. He will return to Italy April 12 for one year.
Eric Delahoussaye, a 2002 Franklin County High School graduate, said "it feels good" to be home in Kentucky and he plans to relax and hang out with friends during his break.