Heartwarming Soldier Surprise

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Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 5:15pm

Dad surprises sons with early return from Afghanistan.

On the eve of Veterans Day, a Snohomish, Washington military family was reunited from thousands of miles away.

Wednesday at Little Cedars Elementary School, Sam and Nate Cadicamo went to a routine assembly and got the first of two big surprises.

In front of their classmates and along with their mother Sheryne and little sister Lucianna, a video message from their father, Lieutenant Colonel Matt Cadicamo played to all the students.

Lt. Col. Cadicamo has been serving in Jalalabad, Afghanistan since last November.

Sheryne, amazed at the bravery of her kids, said they deserve a reward.

"They are my little heroes," she said.

Already knowing their father is supposed to return from deployment and be home for good by Christmas, they hoped he may make it by Thanksgiving.

During the video message, Lt. Col. Cadicamo, addressing Sam and Nate, said, "We're going to be a family again, we're gonna play baseball and soccer, and meet all your teachers."

Little did they know, their father was right behind them.

"Where's my boys?" cried Lt. Col. Cadicamo as he surprised his sons in front of their classmates and teachers.

That second big surprise was organized by Sheryne and administrators at Little Cedars, away from the ears of Sam and Nate.

"I think I'm going crazy!" exclaimed Sam as he hugged his dad.

"My little heroes got their present I wanted them to have, and I just could not be more happy for them," said Sheryne.

Lt. Col. Cadicamo has been a part of the Little Cedars annual Veterans Day program for the last three years.

"It's no longer surreal," said Cadicamo. "Now it's actually happening, the year's over, we will get back to being a family and a dad."
 

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