KAILUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kailua dad deployed to Afghanistan didn't let the distance stop him from seeing his son graduate from high school.
The Hawaii National Guard set-up a live streaming video feed allowing Chris Bretz to watch the commencement ceremony at Trinity Christian School on May 31.
His son Philip is a national merit scholar finalist and it was actually Trinity Christian's first graduating class. Six years ago the school's board decided to expand offering a curriculum through grade twelve.
Chris Bretz was on the board at that time and seeing tonight's graduation was a dream come true.
"Chris Bretz was instrumental in turning Trinity Christian School, expanding it to classical Christian education as well as a secondary school. It's a great opportunity for him to join us from Afghanistan. The National Guard has been instrumental in allowing that to happen. It's a great opportunity to see his son -- the first valedictorian of this graduating class," said Trinity Christian Principal, Bryan Wolf.
Hawaii National Guard's Lt. Col. Courtney Vares-Lum adds, "Just to make that connection for the dad and his son especially because Philip is valedictorian. It's a great feeling to sponsor that and just help facilitate making that connection."
Chris Bretz recently returned from Afghanistan so the family will have the summer to celebrate Philip's big achievement.