10/02/2011 11:57 am ET | Updated Dec 02, 2011

Returning Marine Sgt. Surprises Son At School Assembly - Murrieta, CA Patch

Marine Sgt. Joey Jones returned Thursday from seven months in the Middle East but chose to wait overnight to hug his 2- and 7-year-old sons.

On the last words of the Pledge of Allegaince during Tovashal Elementary School's Friday morning flag ceremony, the sergeant walked out of a pair of double doors to his unsuspecting son, Domenik, 7.