Soldier surprises sister at graduation

Posted at 8:42 PM, May 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-28 20:42:54-04

DENVER (KCNC/CNN) - Carlee Cristler woke up excited to graduate, but also a little sad, because her big brother wasn’t going to be there - or so she thought.

“Got back from Afghanistan about two weeks ago and my sister knows I'm in country, but she doesn’t know I’m here. So I’m going to give her a little surprise for her graduation,” said US Army Pvt. 1st Class Christopher Cristler. “My sister’s always been there for me no matter what, so here I am."

Their mother had been planning this surprise for three months. They hid Christopher in the choir room until he walked into the gymnasium. Then, finally came the moment.

Carlee’s face lit up and she gasped when she saw her brother, they embraced, and she broke into tears.

“My heart dropped.I was just really happy to see him, that he was home safe,” Carlee said. “It was really hard not seeing him.”

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