Returning soldier surprises daughter at school - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Returning soldier surprises daughter at school

Posted: Updated:
Breanna and John Graham Breanna and John Graham
SORRENTO, LA (WAFB) -

The big party is underway in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII. In Sorrento, one little girl and her family will be celebrating for a different reason this weekend.

It's lunch time at Sorrento Primary School. While students and teachers enjoy their mid-day break John Graham, back from a seven month deployment in Afghanistan, is ready to surprise his daughter.

"She has no idea we're here. I've been here since Sunday taking care of the out processes," said Graham. "It's been really hard keeping this secret, talking to her on the phone, pretending to still be over there."

Principal Robin Anderson told the students they were having a special drawing and the winner got to have lunch a special guest. What the kids did not know is that Breanna's Graham's name was the only one in the hopper. Breanna says when she heard her name and got on the stage, her dad was the last person she expected to see.

"I was really excited," said Breanna.

Principal Anderson says they had no problem re-arranging lunch schedules or keeping the rest of the students in the dark to make today's surprise happen.

"I wanted to make that very special for Breanna because she definitely...every time I see her in the hallway, she would always speak about her daddy," said Anderson.

And now that her daddy is home for a while, Breanna says they have a lot of catching up to do.

"We were going to go to this theme park, and we were going to go to my favorite restaurant that I've never been to, but I heard it was really good,"' said Breanna. 

Breanna says several Mardi Gras parades are also on the agenda for her, her dad and the rest of the family this weekend.

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Pearl High School student takes dream date to prom

    Pearl High School student takes dream date to prom

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:26 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:26:01 GMT
    18-year-old Jacob Daniels can barely wipe the smile off his face, in anticipation of his Senior Prom Friday night. His mother Lori helps him try on his tuxedo as he talks about the dream girl he'll beMore >>
    Eighteen-year-old Jacob Daniels can barely wipe the smile off his face, in anticipation of his Senior Prom Friday night. His mother Lori helps him try on his tuxedo as he talks about the dream girl he'll be arm in arm with.
    More >>
  • Biloxi bakery celebrates 90 sweet years in business

    Biloxi bakery celebrates 90 sweet years in business

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:54:05 GMT
    A Biloxi bakery has many people thinking of delicious pastries for Easter time. And they've been doing it for nine decades! The Electrik Maid Bake Shop is celebrating 90 years in the baking business.More >>
    A Biloxi bakery has many people thinking of delicious pastries for Easter time. And they've been doing it for nine decades! The Electrik Maid Bake Shop is celebrating 90 years in the baking business.More >>
  • Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Water advisories issued for 6 areas of the beach

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:55 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:55:08 GMT
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas.More >>
    Advisories have been issued for several sections of the beach in Harrison and Hancock counties. The beaches aren't closed, but there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these six areas.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.