A soldier made it home just in time to surprise his son as he walked across the stage to receive his high school diploma at Elkmont High School in Alabama.
“I haven’t seen my son in a year. I missed his birth while I was at basic training 18 years ago by 12 hours. So, I didn’t want to miss this,” U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Nate Owen said, WHNT reported.
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Nate Jr. was clueless that his dad was in the building.
As Nate Jr.’s name was called, the principal was ready to reveal the surprise.
Nate Jr. was overwhelmed with emotion and joy that his father was able to make it home.
“Mum was the word, we couldn’t say anything,” Nate Jr.’s grandfather, Victor Owen, said.
“Us being able to do what we’re doing right now is from the blood that’s been spilled by the many people who’ve given their lives for this country and for the red, white and blue,” Owen said.
“He’s a level-headed, cool kid. I couldn’t ask for a better son,” he added.
Nate Sr. said he hopes that he is home to stay after serving three deployments and 20 years of service.