By Luke Kenton
This is the adorable moment a soldier surprises his adoring nephew during a school assembly, after spending eight long months away.
After spending two thirds of the year out of state on deployment, Pvt. Humberto Joel Rodriguez is now on a mission of his own as he marches through the halls of his nephew, Julian’s, school, in Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA.
Walking into the school assembly, the 22-year-old soldier is greeted by a sea of anticipating face as it is announced that, for one of them, a very special guest has arrived.
Raising to his feet in disbelief, 9-year-old Julian Rodriguez bounds over to his ‘hero’ uncle, wrapping his arms around him tightly as the tears continue to fall.
Also watching on, trying to fight the emotion, father of Julian, Juan, said: “Everybody was incredibly emotional, it was such a happy thing to witness.
“They have such a great relationship; the last eight months have been really hard for them both.
“Julian was just so overcome with happiness, he couldn’t believe that Humberto was standing there before him.
“They spent the entire the entire two weeks Humberto was back together, he was over the moon.
“He’s already counting down the days till he returns again.”