With 18 years in the National Guard and five deployments under his belt, U.S. Army Sgt. Damon Solomon always makes a point to surprise his family when he comes home from a tour of duty. In years past, he’s turned up unannounced to visit his kids at their elementary and middle schools. His latest stunt, however, just might take the cake.
Several months ago, Damon made plans to surprise his son, Tyler, at his graduation from Massachusetts’ Marshfield High School.
“We’re only allowed a certain time of leave and only a certain amount of people are allowed to leave at a time,” Damon told CBS News. “I pitched this idea to my commander and first sergeant and they loved the idea.”
Damon didn’t tell anyone about his visit besides his mom and girlfriend, so when he appeared on the field at Tyler’s ceremony on June 2, Tyler was flabbergasted.
“I had no idea my dad was there,” said Tyler, who ran offstage to hug his father amid a deafening applause from the crowd.
Tyler’s four siblings were just as emotional, as they had no idea their dad was returning, either.
“They’re a lot older now, so the pain is authentic,” Damon said of his kids. “When they were younger, they didn’t understand the concept of time, but they do now.”
Check out the video of Damon’s surprise visit below, and make sure you have some tissues handy…
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