05/13/2012 07:18 pm ET Updated Jul 13, 2012

Soldier Surprises Family With Early Homecoming

When the Oak Lawn Park District lured Diana Cornejo with the promise of filming a video to send to her husband in Afghanistan, she thought it would be wonderful if he stepped into the room and surprised her.

"I never get surprises," she said. "He was going to see the video so I was excited by that."

Army Staff Sgt. Luis Aponte Fontanez wasn't due home until next month. Diana, who says she never gets surprises, was in the middle of filming her "message" when Luis entered the room carrying a dozen roses on Saturday.

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