Returning soldier gives five kids the surprise of a lifetime at high school

Returning soldier gives five kids the surprise of a lifetime at high school

By a certain age, there comes a time in life when you have to fly the nest and accept that henceforth there will always be a distance between you and your parents. However, for some, this distance and parting of ways occurs a lot earlier than expected.

Yes, it is an unfortunate fact that some children have to contend with being hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles away from a parent for a lengthy period of time. Whether it's for days, months or years at a time, that physical distance separating you from one of the most important people in your life can be very hard to handle when you're a kid.

That's why some of the most memorable and heartwarming memories these kids will bring with them into adulthood are the emotional reunions that occur between them and their beloved parent.

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One very special homecoming took place last Monday night and centered around a Trumbull County airman, just back from the Middle East, and his five kids.

The whole school district attended a ceremony at the gym in Badger High School, Wisconsin on an otherwise ordinary Monday morning. Then a very unexpected guest of honor arrived: Staff Sergeant Brandon Miller. The doting father managed to surprise all five of his children with the help of school leaders.

Take a look at the very moving reunion:

"The idea was spawned by my oldest daughter, who was adamant about being surprised," Staff Sergeant Brandon said.

And although it meant being apart for yet another day, Julianna, Miller's eldest, says the surprise was worth it. "I saw these YouTube videos where people were surprised when they came home from deployment and I thought this was so cool, I want this to happen. So I kept on saying 'I want to be surprised, I don't want to know anything,'" she said.

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In fact, all five of the kids were taken totally by surprise. "I didn't know it was him. Until my teacher said it was him and I just ran to him," Sergeant Brandon's son Ben said. "I knew it, who it was. I was just shocked, and stood still," daughter Gabriella added.

The family are naturally thrilled that they can finally catch up on lost time. "It's easier and better because now we can face to face," Jacob Miller said.

And there's a lot of news to catch up on. Eldest son Jonathan, who works for the school district, bought his own house while his father was away. "I'm not going to bother him too much, let him hang out with mom the most probably," Jonathan explained of his dad's return.

To see the emotional moment one soldier watched his wife give birth on Facetime, check out the video below:

The children's mom, Christina, has taken Monday and Tuesday off from the school cafeteria so that she can celebrate the long-awaited occasion as well. "It meant a lot that they were so willing to go along with our plan," Christina said.

The family hoped to make the most out of Sergeant Brandon's return and we're sure that they did!