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Soldier’s homecoming during school assembly a pleasant surprise for his 3 daughters

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Posted at 8:13 PM, Nov 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-11 22:13:47-05

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah -- A Veterans Day assembly turned into a special surprise for three girls in Pleasant Grove Wednesday.

The girls knew a soldier would be there for Wednesday’s assembly, but, little did they know, it was their father, who they hadn’t seen in almost a year.

Chief Warrant Officer Ryan Flanary has been serving in South Korea as a helicopter pilot in the Army. So, when they saw him, the three girls, all dressed in pink, rushed to their dad for a big hug and kiss. That moment was caught on camera, see the video above for the footage.

“I was happy to see him,” said 10-year-old Chloe Flanary.

Mylee Flanary, 7, said it was an emotional reunion.

“I was so surprised,” she said. “I was about to cry, but I didn't want to do it front of everybody.”

Ryan Flanary said seeing his children was a powerful moment.

“When you get home and you get to see their faces and you really gain a deeper appreciation for the time you do have, and you try to make the most of it,” he said.

It’s a moment the family says they'll cherish forever.