Mint Hill Middle School in North Carolina gathered their sixth graders to meet a special guest. Twins, Kaylee and Logan were amazed to discover that it was their dad Army Sergeant Louis Grady home early.
Chris Shaw planned the big surprise – which Santa was in on - for his two kids, Lillian, 4, and Henry, 2, after returning from a seven-month deployment on board the USS Boxer.
Little Maverick wants to be a soldier just like his dad when he grows up and has started training earlier than most.
It had been 75 years since the tides of World War II suddenly separated two lovers.
These days it seems like members of the military don't get the respect they deserve for being willing to put their lives on the line to protect our nation.