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Soldier surprises little sister at high school graduation


Soldier Surprises Little Sister at High School Graduation


Like her peers at Davenport West High School, senior Desirae Blake was excited to graduate -- but she was sad that her older brother Dustin wouldn't be there to see the big moment.


Her brother, Dustin Blake Wall, has been deployed in Afghanistan. Desirae barely gets to talk to her brother, let alone see him.

"As soon as I found out my son could come back I knew I was going to keep it from her," said mom Denise Blake Herric.

On graduation day, the last thing she thought would come true did. Her brother surprised her by showing up to the ceremony. "When she hugged me I couldn't stop hugging her too," said Dustin.

"It just means a lot to me because he's someone who's kind of always been in my life," said Desirae. "I remember when I was little I kind of always tried to be just like him," said Desirae.

Unfortunately, Dustin was only able to stay for a day. After her graduation, he had to head back to England where he's stationed. Still, it was a day that seniors won't forget -- especially Desirae.

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ethaus June 03 2014 at 6:05 AM

they still bring tears to my eyes

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exitscreaming ethaus June 03 2014 at 8:06 PM

That is exactly what the U.S. Military wants to hear , and why they are arranging all these "surprises"...It's a recruitment tool

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Hardaway74 June 03 2014 at 8:26 AM

I think it's GREAT for our men and women serving our country to be able to come home and surprise their love ones no matter what the occasion is.
By the Grace of God he'll come home and never go back to serve our country.
Some people wouldn't understand that. Those people have the luxery to sit on their ass and do nothing.......
Thank all of Our Men and Women Serving Our Country, We never Will Take You For Granted....You scarfice your Family and children and miss out on so many things you never can get back. May God Bless each and every one of you and keep you safe.

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mrtaxattorney June 03 2014 at 9:21 AM

I agree this story is great but PLEASE take these stories off of national news!! Put them on a special website just for soldiers and their families when they come home. Anyone can watch them but not on our national news. They are not anymore important that other American families.

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jrsmage mrtaxattorney June 03 2014 at 11:32 AM

other Americans havent step'd up to the plate and offered their lives in the service of their country, which allows you the freedoms you have.

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hellyon3too mrtaxattorney June 03 2014 at 2:51 PM

Is someone holding a gun to your head and forcing you to watch?

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s5cat2dog hellyon3too June 03 2014 at 6:12 PM

We don't watch. We read the headline and are forced to point out the inanity.

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dspirgen June 03 2014 at 8:24 AM

Another manufactured "heartwarming" story. Does it ever occur to the news outlets that the families plan this just for the publicity?

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savannahswithgod dspirgen June 03 2014 at 10:05 AM

In American and dealing with the Biz world as media outlets the only thing that occurs to them is how to make that Greed more! Extinction abounds because of that Biz world, how blind has Greed made you?

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exitscreaming dspirgen June 03 2014 at 8:09 PM

The Military wants the publicity/positive press...that's why they are arranging these with certain soldiers and their families who also want to bask in the glory and spotlight

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Sfc Mac exitscreaming June 03 2014 at 10:16 PM

Jealous much?

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dbldutt June 03 2014 at 8:54 AM

Welcome Home, Senior Airman Blake!! :-)

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gasenginenut June 03 2014 at 8:47 AM

another pathetic story

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badass June 03 2014 at 8:17 AM

wow, and these news stations just happen to be there, isn't that something!

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s5cat2dog June 03 2014 at 10:45 AM

Just STOP with these 'stories'. Just STOP.

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sdowns1470 s5cat2dog June 03 2014 at 1:45 PM

You have no idea what it is like for military families. They had to be without their husbands/wives brother/sister mom/dad and the list goes on for a year or more at one time. My neighbor, his daughter had a friend who was in the Marine Corps and was in Afghanistan, he was going to come home and see his baby boy/girl be born and three months before the birth of his child, he was killed.

The child will never know who his/her father is, what he was like, etc. This baby has to be about 9-10 months old now and has no idea he/she does not have a dad to look up to besides the mother. This was one thing where his daughter's friend's wife was hoping to share but never got the chance.

My brother is in the Navy and for six months after 9/11 he was in the med. I wondered from sun up to sun down if he was going to be alive by the time the six months was up. It was a very stressful way to live for that amount of time, he was on a ship. Of course my mom would never admit she was worried too.

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you want what??? s5cat2dog June 03 2014 at 3:21 PM

and just **** you

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s5cat2dog you want what??? June 03 2014 at 6:01 PM

You need to work on your come-backs. What are you....12?

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Mike June 03 2014 at 11:22 AM

This is a great business opportunity for some enterprising Vet. Pretend to be a relative, show up in uniform and for a fee, the payer gets to be the center of attention for an hour.

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ssf1183 Mike June 03 2014 at 8:09 PM

Mile, have you ever worn a uniform other than Girl Scout green? How many cookies did you sell?

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drawee June 03 2014 at 8:46 PM

He is NOT a SOLDIER...He is an AIRMAN. Loser that did this story does not know the difference.

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