FORT LEE, Va. (Sept. 15, 2011) -- Zane Daniel Flores was not unlike any 5-year-old starting school for the first time. His kindergarten class at Harrison Elementary School began Monday, but the anticipation came much earlier.

"He's been talking about this for about four months," said his mother, Hollie Flores.

Zane's eagerness to attend school reached new heights the night prior.

"He was so excited he didn't know what to do," said Mrs. Flores. "I had to make him lie down, then he kept coming out of his room, asking 'Is the sun up? Is it time to go?'"

Zane's dad, Staff Sgt. José Flores, was given time off for the occasion and helped to calm him. He prepared pancakes at first light and allowed Zane and his brother, Beau, to flip them.

The first-day-of-school experience was new to Staff Sgt. Flores as well. He has older children, but military duties have prevented him from being a firsthand witness. Zane's first day permitted him to see what he missed.

"I was excited," he said with a hint of emotion. "It made me feel really nice. It was very memorable."

Zane -- one of 2,000-plus grade-school students in the Fort Lee community -- will hopefully have many more memorable moments over the academic year.