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VIDEO: Southeast Man Returns from Afghanistan, Surprises Kids

Major Roderick Cassidy's two children were attending a book fair and movie matinee at JFK Elementary School when they were called on stage, thinking they won a raffle.

"I am home for good."

Major Roderick Cassidy said those words with a huge smile as he waited outside John F Kennedy Elementary School in Southeast Saturday afternoon.

Cassidy—who had been sitting in the car, waiting for the cue to come in and surprise his son and daughter, Roderick, Jr. and Ellie—returned home the night before. He had been stationed with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan for one year. 

"We had wished that the homecoming would coincide with the school day because I know all the staff and the teachers were very excited. They've really been supportive over the year," Jennifer Cassidy, Roderick's wife, said. "Luckily, I'm involved with the PTA, and they just happened to be having a book fair with Scholastic this weekend, so we are taking advantage of having a lot of friends and some staff and faculty around for today's event."

First up on the Cassidy family's agenda was selecting and decorating a Christmas tree, a tradition the kids had been asking about for weeks.

"That's been the big thing that has them bursting at the seams," Jennifer Cassidy said. 

babypotato December 10, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Welcome home, Major
Suzie M December 10, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Welcome home, it was an honor to meet you! Enjoy the tree! :)
Lisa Buchman (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 06:22 PM
What a heartwarming story! Welcome home!
Mrs Bean December 10, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Thank you for your service
Agatha Ginther December 11, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Welcome Home Major Cassidy!! I remember my husband coming home for the holidays when he was in Iraq! Was the BEST Chirstmas ever!! Enjoy the holidays with your family and THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO FOR OUR COUNTRY!! GOD BLESS YOU!!
Jaques Strape December 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Welcome home Major. Thank you for your service.

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