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2017 highlight: (VIDEO) Marine drill instructor father surprised by 4-year-old daughter’s tea party photo shoot

U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor Kevin Porter has a tea party with his daughter (YouTube)
December 29, 2017

Photos of a Marine father having tea with his four-year-old daughter in the woods went viral in April, 2017 and are making the rounds again as one of the most viral military moments of the year.

U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor Kevin Porter sat down with his daughter, Ashley, and had a surprise tea party.

U.S. Dept. of Defense - 2017 highlight: (VIDEO) Marine drill instructor father surprised by 4-year-old daughter's tea party photo shoot

U.S. Dept of Defense (Twitter)

“My husband had no idea what was going to happen until we showed up to the shoot,” his wife, Lizette Porter told ABC News. “He was hesitant at first but after a little talking I was able to convince him. He would do anything for Ashley.”

Porter said due to her husband’s work schedule, the two don’t get to spend a lot of time together, so having the tea party was special.

“She doesn’t get to see him much due to work, deployment, and most recently his job as a drill instructor,” Porter said. “Any time they can get together she is sure to take advantage of.”

Porter added that she wants people to “realize how resilient military children [are] to have their parents away, or not near them as much as possible.”