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Navy dad surprises daughter at high school graduation

Navy Dad Surprises Daughter at Ocala High School Graduation

Millions of young people across the nation make parents proud this time of year. It's a time for caps and gowns, turning tassels and diplomas. Graduation is a joy for any mom or dad, but for one dad, it was particularly special.

It appears to be business as usual at Westport High's graduation. The excitement builds, but little do students know there is a secret operation unfolding behind the stage. Jose Ramiro, a Navy veteran, is used to hiding, waiting for his target. This mission, Ramiro's mark was his 17-year-old daughter Coral: he wanted to be there as Coral moves through the next chapter of her life.

It took a moment to realize who was waiting attend of the stage but once she did, Coral was beaming. "I just saw the white and I saw his face and I was like, 'That's my dad,'" she says. He had to tell little lies to keep it a surprise. "She was aggravated last night when I told her I was not going to march," Jose Ramiro says.

His military career has kept him away the past three years working with Navy Seals overseas. Coral states, "I think is the first major thing he's been able to make it to, he messed my CF graduation because he's deployed, missed birthdays -- everything. The fact he was here for my high school graduation is a big deal." In the end, she tossed her hat in celebration with a father who lives far away, but stays very close in her heart.

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rivers360 June 09 2014 at 5:56 AM

That was wonderful Thank you for sharing.

Obama would be happier if she happened to be gay, and a desreter too.

We need to please Obama. He has a pen and a great disregard for American constitutional law.

That this honored American defender of the American way was allowed to attend his daughter's high school graduatin....wonderful! Thanks Obama. i am certain you signed off on this. LOL

Happy for this gal and her Dad. Very much so.

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deno4reel June 09 2014 at 7:36 AM

Great thing that he was there!! I know the young lady was happy!!! God Bless Her & Her DAD!!!

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darkcloudstonite June 09 2014 at 12:07 PM

Enough already with these endless commercials for the Mililtary....these are being arranged for P.R. purposes , sometimes even having soldiers staying in a hotel the night before so they don't ruin the " surprise" , rather than spending that extra time with their family... " He had to tell little lies to keep it a surprise "---no, not really, you could have been honest and made her happy then with anticipation that you were going to be there---but then the Military wouldn't get the commercial they want

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rgburrill June 09 2014 at 11:50 AM

So many people are trying to outdo previous surpprise returns from the MIddle East it's getting disgusting. This was supposed to be graduation day for everyone in her class, not jsut her special day.

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jllewis1985 rgburrill June 09 2014 at 4:27 PM

You think this is getting disgusting, well you are wrong. It may be a graduation day for everyone, but this meant a lot to her seeing her father there while she is graduating from high school. Not many people have the chance to see their father there at their graduation, even when they are deployed overseas. Stop thinking negative whenever you see articles like this, and be proud that a father who is in the military is coming to see his daughter graduate high school.

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Aissa2 rgburrill June 09 2014 at 10:39 PM

Those others had their mother and fathers. This father has not seen or been with his daughter for three years. You must either be anti American, heartless, an idiot or stupid! All of the above you should check!

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brandonindc June 09 2014 at 1:37 PM

Since last week there have been 4 of these stories including this one. Last Monday story of a soldier wrapping himself in a big box and surprising his kid on his birthday, then on Tuesday there was a little girl who was "surprised" at her elementary school promotion from 5th grade, then there was a soldier who once again "surprised his daughter at prom on Friday, and now we have this little gem of a story. At some point the "surprise" isn't so surprising. Its sort of like when some guy proposes to his girlfriend at an arena on the jumbo screen in front of millions even though it has been done a hundred times already.

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ekarlh1 brandonindc June 09 2014 at 2:08 PM

I can see your point view. In reality the soldier's family don't see your point view. They are very lucky to have them back home alive. Especially the ones who are missing limbs. Sadly there are family. They lost their loves in the war and never going to see them again. Let the family enjoy happy welcome reunion on the news. They really deserve fifteen fame news media fame. Not some dumb annoying ego popular celebrity. Example Justin beaver. Want to be in the center attention.

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brandonindc ekarlh1 June 09 2014 at 2:27 PM

Unfortunately, ekarlh1 if you look at the video you can see that the entire ceremony turned into a celebration of the soldier and his daughter (listen to the applause and cheers). There are hundreds of other students there and I am sure that some of them didn't have the luxury of their parent surprising them because they remain overseas. While I appriciate ALL military members, I feel a little weird about these constant stories because I get the feeling that the people involved are milking the moment for publicity.

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emegan1 brandonindc June 09 2014 at 7:46 PM

I love these stories and never get tired of reading them. These families sacrifice so much for our country. Thank you for your service and to your families thanks for sharing the stories.

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pjarizona June 09 2014 at 1:14 PM

AGAIN???????? Did you not get the hit AOL last week that these stories are getting old? How many are you going to come up with this week?

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nojohnnyno June 09 2014 at 12:40 PM

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Phyllis June 09 2014 at 9:58 AM

I love these stories, I am so glad he could make it to the graduation. God Bless all of our military everywhere.

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fmasone June 09 2014 at 7:11 AM

Nice God Bless them

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