Seven year old Zayne Cannizzaro is preparing for a big field day competition at Bel Aire Elementary in Gulfport. His mom is ready to cheer him on. Noticeably missing from the sidelines is Zayne's dad. He's a Gulfport Seabee serving in Iraq.
"I wish he was here, just to be here, not just to watch my son. Then I'll know he's safe. I'll know I'll have him back," Chris Cannizaro said.
Carla Halsey also came to watch her daughter compete, but her mind is never far from her Seabee husband. He's somewhere in Kuwait.
"There's not a minute that goes by in a day that we are not thinking in one way or another what is going on," Carla Halsey said.
So when these military wives watched Saddam Hussein's regime come tumbling down, they were overwhelmed with pride and relief.
"It's really an escalation of emotions. I'm happy because I know it's time for him to come home. I'm relieved knowing that it's not been as bad as we thought it would be in Baghdad," Cannizaro said.
"Oh my gosh, tears, tears of joy! I hope they all come home soon," Halsey said.
Home in time to see their children win more blue ribbons, and experience other prize-winning moments with their families.
"We're hoping that he'll be home in time to see the kids get their certificates and their end of school awards. Maybe he'll be here for that," Halsey said.
The women they understand that the war is far from over. They're just hoping that the conflict will end soon, so their husbands will come home as early as this summer.