Updated: Friday, 04 May 2012, 8:51 AM CDT
Published : Friday, 04 May 2012, 8:51 AM CDT
BANGOR, Maine (CNN/WABI) - While Lt. Commander Dustin Smiley is deployed overseas, his wife and kids invited a surprise guest to fill his seat at the dinner table.
This unique guest was able to bring along a special message.
The creator of an R2-D2 replica, Paul Bussiere, pulled a few strings and was able to bring Lt. Commander Smiley to life in his own living room.
"At first, when it was all still shaping into dad, I was like, 'what is going on?' Then, I realized, 'Oh, my gosh. That's dad,'" said Owen Smiley.
Bussier took a video clip provided by Lt. Commander Smiley, fashioned it into a hologram design, and projected it through R2-D2, almost like a scene from "Star Wars."