Surprise reunion for 3rd grader and Marine father

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POSTED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 4:53pm

UPDATED: Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 7:00am

For 3rd grader Star Soto from Bowie Elementary in Alamo receiving a surprise visit from her father was the furthest thing from her mind on a Friday morning.

Soto's father Staff Sgt. Joe Soto says he's grateful to see his family again.  He says, "Just to appreciate them and that i have them and to have them in my arms, that is even way better."

The Marine Staff Sergeant had been in Afghanistan for a year, he had the chance to come back and vist near Mother's day. However, he learned his daughter would be singing at a school concert, so he wanted to seize the opportunity and surprise her!

His daughter says, "Yes, I missed him so much, I couldn't wait until he came."    The mother says, "She asked, can I call him to sing this song to him and I told her no, I said hey it's my day, but you can sing the song another day okay ."   But little did the 3rd grader know she would get to sing with him the next day face to face, she was very emotional and in tears when she spotted him.

And although he is only be back for five days. In advance, she's already wishing him a happy Father's Day!

Star Soto says, "Happy Father's day, I love you dad."

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