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Surprise reunion

PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A 33 year old Mississippi Army National Guard soldier from Pearl surprised his nine-year-old son Tuesday morning by coming home from Iraq early.

Sgt. Benjamin Hare of the First Battalion, 185th Aviation out of Jackson, walked into a math class at Pearl Upper Elementary School to the complete shock of his son Nicholas.

The children in the class had been told television cameras were coming to photograph them because they were such a good math class. They were encouraged to participate in the discussion which nine-year-old Nicholas Hare did.

But at the time he had no idea that his father was going to walk through the classroom door and the cameras recorded a reunion that was not supposed to take place until Thanksgiving.

Later Nicholas told us he couldn't believe his eyes.

"I don't know what to say" said Nicholas. I'm in shock. I don't know what to think. I'm real happy."

Sgt. Hare, who attended this same school, when he was nine years old, back in 1987, said it was hard to keep it all a secret until it happened.

"Pure joy" said Sgt. Hare. "I finally have him back in my arms again, just pure joy. He is my world and that's why I have been doing everything over there, is for him."

It was a reunion set up by the Mississippi National Guard, and one that is likely to be repeated numerous times in coming weeks as President Obama has ordered all U. S. Troops out of Iraq by Christmas.

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