When 15-year-old Dejsha Tatum took a seat in her school auditorium for an assembly about the military on Tuesday, she had no idea she'd be in for the surprise of her life.
The South Carolina teen believed her mom, Army Maj. Laura Byrd, was still deployed overseas. Little did she know, Byrd was backstage, waiting anxiously to surprise her daughter after months of being apart.
"I talked to her this morning, so she has no idea that I'm actually here," Byrd, who's been in Kuwait since August, told WACH FOX news reporter Ivory Hecker. "I'm a single parent. I had no one to greet me at the airport, but this is worth it all -- the surprise to her." (Byrd has been divorced for 11 years).
Watch the video above to see the sweet mother-daughter reunion, then click through the slideshow below for more heartwarming homecoming stories.
A soldier surprised his kids at a big family Christmas gathering, disguising himself as a big red present. His kids were happy to do the unwrapping!
Dog Welcomes Soldier
Watch this Siberian Husky, Silver, welcome her soldier home. Silver is asked to sit down repeatedly but she seems too busy crying, kissing, hugging and running in circles. "I haven't heard her cry like that before!" her owner says.
Who's Under That Beard?
Watch this military dad, dressed up as Santa, hand Christmas presents to his kids one by one. The children have no idea who he is until they give a tug at his beard, and then they're in for a surprise!
A Present In The Lawn
When a large and mysterious present from Santa is left on the lawn for a young girl named Emily, her mother encourages her to see what it is. Watch as she dissolves into her dad's arms ever-so sweetly!
Dad Under The Tree
With one more gift left under the tree from Santa, a mother urges her daughter to see what's left. Little does she know, this year Santa brought her dad, a U.S. soldier, home to celebrate Christmas with his family.
Video Chat Trick
A soldier coordinates a time to video-chat with his family for a Christmas celebration he can't attend. Mid-chat, they get a must-see surprise!
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