GREENVILLE, S.C. (CNN) - A South Carolina boy got a heartwarming surprise at school just in time for Veterans Day. His military dad arrived home from Afghanistan early.
It was the surprise of a lifetime, and their emotional reunion brought plenty of cheers, and happy tears.
Josh Carroll is an eighth grader at Lead Academy. He had no idea what was going to happen. His mother did. She cooked up the surprise with Dad and the school staff.
Josh thought he was attending an awards program at the end of nine weeks. But what he didn't know, Dad was waiting just outside the cafeteria.
"We are going to try and pull it off. He thinks I'm coming home in three weeks," said Dad, Lieutenant Paul Carroll.
The final award was for service to the country. Josh and his mom were called up in front of the whole school. The announcer said someone else was there for to participate too. Dad stepped out of hiding and Josh ran to him, jumping in his arms and bear hugging him.
"I love you, Dad," Josh said through tears. "I love you too, son," Lt. Carroll said.
-By Nigel Robertson