A military dad’s surprise homecoming at a dolphin show is melting hearts across the country.
“Everything else disappeared when I saw her,” U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Joshua Flury told WLS.
Flury told his wife he’d be coming home within the week, and together they came up with a plan to surprise their 12-year-old daughter, Kristi.
His wife, April Flury, worked with the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois to coordinate the big surprise.
Kristi thought it was just going to be her and her mom at the zoo earlier this month, but as she and her mom waited for the dolphin show to begin, she was shocked to hear an announcer welcome her dad home.
Kristi leaped into his arms as he emerged from his hiding place backstage. The zoo posted video of the touching moment to Twitter.
Kristi says she’s excited to catch up with her dad before school starts in the next few weeks.
“I finally get to spend time with him again,” Kristi told WLS.
“You miss those special times with your loved ones and you can’t get it back. But you sure can do your best to try to give them other special memories,” said April.