Kids & Family

Video Captures Surprise When Brother Returns From Navy

The family worked with the school to make the moment unforgettable.


Colin Arthrell, a fourth grader at Jefferson Hills Intermediate School, had been talking for weeks about how his older brother, Christian, was coming back from the Navy to visit. What he didn't know is that his family had told him a little lie - his brother was actually arriving a day earlier than he thought.

So, when the principal of JHIS called Colin on to the stage in the school's cafeteria yesterday during lunch, he wasn't sure what to think.

In a video captured by the boy's parents, who were snuck into a spot toward the back of the room, you can hear the school's instrumental teacher playing the Navy song from the side of the stage. A few moments later, Colin's brother appears from behind the stage's curtain.

(Source: @JHIS_wjhsd )

When Colin turns around, his jaw drops at the sight of his brother dressed in his Navy fatigues. The other students cheer and applaud as Christian scoops his little brother up into a big bear hug.

Sparkt caught up with Chris Veri, the school's principal, a day after the touching moment took place.

"There wasn't a dry eye in the room," he explained.

Veri had been coordinating with the family for months to set it all up, and they thought it would be great to have the reunion happen during Colin's lunch period so that others could take part in the surprise.

"It was definitely the most memorable moment I can recall in all my years as a principal." - Chris Veri

Christian also surprised his other brother, Carson, at his high school later that afternoon.

Tracy Lynn Arthrell, the boys' mother, shared the sweet moment on Facebook and thanked the staff at Jefferson Hills SD for helping make the day so special.

(Source: Tracy Lynn Arthrell Facebook )

"Thank you to the staff at both Jefferson Hills Intermediate and TJHS for making today so very memorable for our boys," she wrote. "They did not know their brother was coming home until tomorrow, so he snuck in the house at 3 a.m. and surprised them at school. Wow! We couldn't be more thankful, many tears and cheers!"

We're sure the family will be doing plenty of cheering (and celebrating) in the days to come.

If you're looking for a way to thank a member of the military, you can consider sending a letter via Support Our Troops . They'll make sure your letter gets into the hands of a deployed service members.

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