Graduations are all about celebrating the end of a huge chapter in a teen's life, and there are no better people to share them with than family. But for one North Dakota high school graduate, there was one very important person missing: her dad.
Chris Crafton, who is in the Air Force, has gone through nine deployments since his daughter, Taylor, was a baby. He's been gone for 1,782 days, just to be a tad specific. He's missed birthdays and holidays, but he definitely was not going to miss his daughter graduate. So as a surprise to her, and to the rest of his family, the airman showed up at the ceremony and gave Taylor the absolute best graduation present. Well, my eyes are leaking again. Check it out:
It's so important and special to share moments like this as a family whenever you can, and this dad was not going to miss out on the day.
Videos like this one really make us see that military families all sacrifice. It's not just the soldier, but it's their loved ones, their children, and their families who also have to spend many important celebrations apart. But for the Crafton fam, graduation day was also a homecoming. Congrats!
What is the most important event you've attended for your kids?
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