Four-year-old Alexis Espinosa is a fan of the all-new Shamu show, One Ocean. She’s seen it before, but never with her father, Army Specialist Eric Espinosa. Why haven’t they been able to share this special time together? He’s spent the last year serving in Afghanistan as an Army combat engineer, responsible for finding, diffusing and/or activating explosive devices.
As a special surprise to his daughter, Specialist Espinosa wanted to return home with a “splash!” His plan went flawlessly as the One Ocean show began in usual fashion today (August 2, 2012), with a salute to our men and women in uniform.
The announcer encouraged all military personnel to stand and, just as they do in every show, the cameras panned the crowd. Imagine Alexis’ surprise when the face on the jumbo ShamuVision screens was HER father!
SeaWorld’s Here’s to the Heroes program salutes the men and women of our armed forces and their families. Through 2012, SeaWorld is offering a single day ticket to members of the military and up to 3 direct dependents. Register online here.
As the Grandmother of Alexis we were thrilled with the effort that Seaworld put forth and the quality, kindness, and warmth of Seaworld to Honor our family member and welcome him home.
I’m glad there was so much love around! Here’s another military-friendly resource you might enjoy: http://pinterest.com/pin/114138171777005736/
Whata beautiful sight to see little Alexis reunited with her daddy. Can’t wait to see you guys all together!
So beautiful! I agree!