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Military dad surprises daughter at high school graduation

Military Dad Surprises Daughter at H.S. Graduation

Parents in Grand Forks, North Dakota looked on as their kids walked across the stage to get their high school diplomas, but there was one parent missing: Taylor Crafton's dad.

A member of the Air Force, he had been stationed in Cuba for the past several months. (Chris told KHON2 that he was away "for a total of about 1,782 days to be exact.")

With her dad far from home, Taylor assumed a funny cardboard stand-in would have to take his place. "My mom's friend, she made it for us back in Virginia and sent it to us for prom and for graduation so he could still be here in spirit," Taylor said.

As Taylor walked across the stage, she realized her dad wasn't just there in spirit -- he was actually there! He came out to thunderous applause, and everyone got very emotional. Taylor was so overwhelmed, she fell to her knees when she saw him.

"I'm just so happy he's here," Taylor said. "(It's) better than a car, better than anything, so yeah, that's all I wanted for graduation."

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rini1946 May 27 2014 at 1:42 PM

sorry need to stop this stuff I am over sixty and It's just not right for a man of my age to tear up . sorry love these thank you

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Sherry Lee May 27 2014 at 1:26 PM

I love every one of these stories and thank the soldiers and families of our military. I just wish that I had the same story when my dad returned home from Vietnam in 1965. We had a whole different reunion but just as Loving.

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michaelclajoie May 27 2014 at 1:40 PM

Sir.....Thank you for your service.

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fenwaypark9 May 27 2014 at 2:02 PM

Lots of jealous people on this board. I will never get sick of these stories. As a Marine (E-7) who served in WWII. These men and women and their families make sacrifices every day protecting all of us. They can have as many of these filmed homecomings as they want.

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grandmaallan May 27 2014 at 1:29 PM

Just love seeing good news for a change

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Junebug grandmaallan May 27 2014 at 9:32 PM

That's just what I thought. How much better is it to see this than what happened over the weekend? God Bless them all and to hell with the haters.

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Isidro May 27 2014 at 1:19 PM

....I got a huge lump in my throat when I saw this.... (and they say I don't have a Heart).... God Bless them .

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Mr. Ladensack Isidro May 27 2014 at 8:27 PM

Maybe it's phlegm.

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rlightb240 Mr. Ladensack May 27 2014 at 9:40 PM

Gotta ruin a blessed moment???????

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What's Shakin T Mr. Ladensack May 27 2014 at 9:58 PM

You're a scroatsack

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Butch Cavendish May 27 2014 at 1:42 PM

Seeing Service men come home is always a good thing but when you see them reunited with family especially at something as special as a high school graduation that's priceless. At least that young lady won't go around the rest of her life saying "My dad missed my high school graduation!"

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cswanson24276699 Butch Cavendish September 18 2014 at 1:59 AM

It was just as priceless for her family and extended family--grandparents and relatives from both her parents' sides--as it was for her.

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dolfnrch13 May 27 2014 at 1:26 PM

Dam who left out that bowl of onions

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wilmaflintstone dolfnrch13 May 27 2014 at 1:43 PM

I know, they left them on my desk too:)

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jmfjfe wilmaflintstone May 27 2014 at 4:52 PM

and mine....

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acroavc wilmaflintstone May 27 2014 at 5:30 PM

mine too...

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Susan May 27 2014 at 1:25 PM

To me, this is a private moment. I don't know why it is necessary for people to punk their family.

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gunthermax May 27 2014 at 1:25 PM

now I'm crying...

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