A young boy in Idaho got a big surprise last week during what he thought was a pep rally at his school.

Administrators at Gooding Middle School created the entirely fake event to fool sixth-grader David Beach.

Unbeknownst to David, his father, U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth Beach, was there to see him after a 10-month deployment.


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As students and faculty filed into the gym, the school's principal announced that a special guest from the Army was in attendance.

"As soon as I heard 'from the Army,' I immediately knew it was for my dad,” David told KMVT 11.

He told the news outlet that at first, he had no clue the event would have anything to do with him.

"I'm super excited and I can't wait to have fun with my dad again, go fishing and go to a whole bunch of places," he said.

KMVT also reported that the pair's first outing back together will be for sushi.


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