Cody Voisine surprised his sister at Timberlane High School's graduation Saturday after the U.S. seaman hadn't seen his family in 10 months.
After two days of traveling on planes, trains and automobiles, Cody made it to the town of Plaistow, New Hampshire.
"It was a whole two-day process," Cody said. "Bahrain to Kuwait. From Kuwait to D.C.. From D.C. to Haverhill. The shuttle to the Blue Line. Took the Blue Line to the Orange Line. Took the Orange Line to TD Garden. Since Christmas, I wanted to surprise my sister at her graduation since I missed every holiday in between that and now." The long journey was worth it in the end, and he was able to keep the secret from his entire family.
Before the surprise, Cody said the excitement was building. "I don't know what she's going to do. I honestly don't," he said before the ceremony. "I just want to run on the field right now and hug my sister, and then jump the fence and hug my family."
His entire family had no idea he was in town. To help keep his presence under wraps, the staff at Timberlane kept him hidden in a shed until it was time to present his sister, Megan Voisine, her diploma. His sisters were all in tears when Cody appeared.
"My heart is still pounding. I can't even believe it. I didn't know," Megan Voisine said after her brother hugged her on the stage when she received her diploma.
"I'm very happy the way it turned out, very happy," Cody Voisine said. "I wouldn't have changed a thing."
Cody Voisine is home until the Fourth of July. He'll then return to serving in the Middle East.