I know we've seen a bunch of "service member surprises family member" videos lately. I also know that I never get tired of seeing them. With graduation season upon us, I stumbled upon this one today, and I thought it was well worth sharing.
From ABC News, we get the story of Taylor Crafton, 18, of Grand Forks, North Dakota. She was all set, along with the rest of her class, to graduate from Grand Forks Central High School last Sunday.
It was a very emotional day for her, not because she was graduating high school, but because her dad, Chief Master Sergeant Chris Crafton, was away on deployment and would miss her graduation.
Her family had a cut-out of her dad, which she nicknamed "Flat Daddy" at the graduation ceremony, and the cut-out had been carried with Taylor to prom and other senior year events, but Taylor had been down and emotional about her dad's absence from Sunday's ceremonies. Flat Daddy was no match for Real Daddy.
When the principal called Taylor back up to the stage at the end of graduation, Taylor's mom got upset.
"I thought, 'Why is he pulling her up in front of all her classmates, knowing that her dad is deployed and it's so emotional?'" Paige Crafton told ABC News. "Taylor is up there just bawling her eyes out in front of her class."
Here's why he pulled her back up on stage: