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Home for the Holidays: Soldier Surprises Young Brother at Elementary School

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    Soldier Returns Home With Holiday Surprise

    After a soldier found out he would be home for Christmas, he came up with a special way to break the news to his little brother.

    (Published Friday, Dec. 21, 2018)

    A secret worth keeping led to a holiday homecoming in Fall River, Massachusetts. After a solider recently found out he would be home for Christmas, he came up with a special way to break the news to his little brother.

    Akebo Boston has been in training for the Army for the last seven months. For security reasons, he could not say exactly where he was, but it was far away from his family, including his little brother, Nathanyiel.

    "Every time I would call him, he was telling me how much he missed me and he kept asking me when I was coming home," he said.

    Akebo had to work over Thanksgiving, but when he was told he would be off for Christmas, he knew he had to surprise Nathanyiel at school.

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    He showed up Thursday to Watson Elementary, where his little brother is in the first grade. As Nathanyiel was walking down the hallway, he turned a corner and shrieked when he saw his Akebo.

    "I was like so happy," Nathanyiel said. "He was right there and I was running and then we hugged."

    The hug between the brothers is one they will never forget and it brings a special meaning to being home for the holidays. They plan to spend time playing video games and making Christmas cookies before Akebo has to go back on New Year's Day.

    "Just being here is enough for me for Christmas," Akebo said. "Just being here with my family."

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