By Kate Merrill

ROWLEY (CBS) – Early Friday morning, 500 Marines returned from their deployment to Afghanistan.

Perhaps the most memorable reunion of the day was between a five-year-old girl and her father.

Sgt. Steve McCann has been overseas for eight months and his daughter Isabelle has been counting the days until his return. But thanks to some careful planning by mom and the Rowley Elementary School, she got a surprise she will never forget.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports

Isabelle thought that her dad was coming home in May.

“I’m jazzed,” says Sgt. McCann. “This is a good day for me cause I get to hang out with my best friend again.”

He hid in the school’s cafeteria. Isabelle thought she was meeting up with her class, but her father was there waiting to give her a big hug, that was eight months in the making.

Kate Merrill

Comments (4)
  1. Kevin Snow says:

    Welcome Home, and Thank You, Sgt McCann. My daughter wouldn’t stop talking about how you surprised Belle at school today. We’re very happy for you all.

  2. lieut dan's aunt says:

    i love it when a plan works! welcome home sgt mccann and your comrades. a nephew (army ranger) served 2 iraq tours. i remember how jazzed us adults were at his homecoming. thanks for your service and your families for their service and sacrifice. belle – always be proud of your daddy, he’s one of the real heroes.

  3. Mary Jane Kelliher says:

    Awesome story, thank you for sharing and WELCOME HOME!

  4. NikW says:

    Welcome Home and Thank you so much for your sacrifices and service. I am so glad for your family. God Bless you!

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