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New Jersey sailor surprises little sister at school

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A sailor showed up at his little sister’s school and gave her the surprise of a lifetime.

Third-grader Ryleigh Gardner had just finished working on a project about a role model in her life. Ryleigh had chosen her big brother, Tommy, who is a sailor.

Tommy has served in Japan since 2011 so the surprise was three years in the making!

"It's pretty rough being away from family, especially a younger sibling,” said Tommy. "Being away for so long, you just strive to get that connection back.”

The brother and sister are excited to be reunited. There was a huge hug followed by tears of joy.

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