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Dad keeps promise, surprises daughter at 5th grade graduation

Soldier Keeps Promise, Surprises Daughter at 5th Grade Graduation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - One student got a big surprise at Heartland Elementary School, in Hardin County, WLKY reports.

Grace Reyes was one of the students celebrating at a graduation ceremony for fifth-graders.

Maj. Julian Reyes promised his daughter he would be back in time for her graduation no matter what.

His command released him early from Korea so he could fulfill that promise Wednesday, and for his daughter, it meant the world.

"It's hard to be without him and it's hard to go through school," she said. As certificates of completion were passed out, Grace was called last.

Unaware of her father's presence, there was a bit of confusion for Grace as the surprise played out.

"I was like, 'What?' I didn't know what they were doing," she said.

Grace also received awards to recognize her attendance and good academic standing.

Reyes will be home for the summer. He is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in November.

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wrobwarn34 June 06 2014 at 5:50 AM

that is vary heart warming. in our world of so much meaness these are so good to see.

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baynesan June 06 2014 at 6:47 AM

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. You helped me to start my day with bright side!

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DEE June 06 2014 at 6:52 AM

I never grow tired of these joyous stories!

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MBC June 06 2014 at 8:05 AM

Kudos to his commanding Officer and the school!!!!!

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cincyburb01 June 06 2014 at 8:55 AM

What is up with all these graduations? There is no fifth-grade graduation! When I was a kid, the only graduation was from high school. You didn't graduate 5th grade, you 'passed' onto the next grade. No pomp, no circumstance. Nowadays you celebrate every little thing a kid does (and yes, passing 5th grade is a little thing, for everyone is expected to do it, it's not a grand achievement). No wonder these kids are so screwed up. They wipe their nose and you give them an Academy Award. But don't let a father dare try to discipline his kid by making him walk one mile to school.....nooooooo. That is horrible abuse that your little angel can't endure. Although I walked over a mile to school every day from 7th-9th grade, Junior High. It's called 'character-building." Stop pampering your little brats and stop pumping out so many babies. I'm getting sick of supporting them with WIC checks and prison funding.

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kcarthey June 06 2014 at 7:01 AM

Another one? Enough already. There's bigger news than some member of the military trying to get on the news.

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ratboy4444079930 June 06 2014 at 7:49 AM

So glad to see more and more people complaining about these endless tributes that are nothing more than, "Trophys for Participation."

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pruettee June 06 2014 at 8:14 AM

First, I think it is wonderful the Major could be there for her. What I strange to me is graduation from 5th grade. It seems you graduate from every grade today. What ever happened to simply pass from grade 1 through grade 8 and have a graduation from grade school to high school. By the time you get through college, graduation is no big deal.

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Richard Bale June 06 2014 at 10:42 AM

Please stop running these stupid fluff pieces.

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cafebeege Richard Bale June 06 2014 at 7:54 PM

Please develop some sensitivity and think about the sacrifices this family is making for your "stupid fluff" a--. You obviously do not appreciate what military families go through to provide the security and standard of living you enjoy living in this country. What did you do to earn it ???

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s5cat2dog cafebeege June 06 2014 at 9:26 PM

Yeah, I appreciate military families...and their housing allowances, free health care and lifetime pensions. Yeah, we need more of that. NOT.

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vincent.barnes1 cafebeege June 06 2014 at 9:27 PM

Im from a military so please ....5th grade? Really ...

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Kenneth Briggs June 06 2014 at 6:45 AM

yes the little one needs dad to be close to home, , just hope she does good in school and be able to more of dad .

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Hugh Kenneth Briggs June 06 2014 at 9:39 PM

who graduates in a tee shirt and dungarees? and only the 5th grade ---- big deal !

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