VIDEO: Local Hero Surprises Family
NEW HOPE, Miss. (WCBI) – A big surprise for a set of siblings during a veterans day celebration at New Hope High school today: their soldier came home early.
Captain Chris Benson walked in during the program as his children were being recognized for their father’s military service.
There was applause and plenty of hugs and tears as the audience watched the reunion.
Captain Benson was not scheduled to return for a few days.
“I was pretty shocked because I was told he was going to come this weekend, like get back this weekend, and seeing him walk through those doors was pretty surprising. It was really nice,” said son, Zachary Crowe.
“It means a lot to me, especially to see my kids surprised. It’s a warm feeling, and I’m just glad to be back with my family,” said Benson.
A number of veterans were in attendance for musical performances and branch recognitions.
The program concluded with recognition of other active-duty parents and relatives stationed overseas.
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