Father returns from Afghanistan to surprise daughter in sweet reunion

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By Jordan Melendrez

A young girl attending her school assembly this week believed it was nothing out of the ordinary. But her military father had a special surprise in store for her.

On Wednesday in Midlands, South Carolina, Staff Sgt. Joel Specter, who had been serving in Afghanistan for nine months, decided to pay his fourth grade daughter a surprise visit.

Specter dressed up as the Piggly Wiggly Pig and attended an assembly at Saint Josephs Catholic School in Columbia, WISTV reported. His daughter, Inara, thought the assembly was about celebrating students who were excelling in math.

She told the station that she didn't recognize her dad at first because his hair was longer and he was taller in the costume.

The adorable moment when he takes off the Piggly Wiggly head to reveal his true identity is absolutely heartwarming — watch and have your heart melted!